I153P Chaika
Contents
General info
The I153P Chaika is a premium Rank II Soviet biplane with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB), 3.0 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.
The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations
General play style
There is one thing you need to know about the I153; you will outturn everything it fights. Not a single plane the chaika fights will win against the I153P in a turnfight. At a BR of 3.0, however, the Chaika's once moderate speed is now very bad. Nearly every plane will outspeed it; especially due to how the Chaika locks up at high speed, making it extremely difficult to maneuver at high speed. However, plenty of people underestimate the lowly chaika, and attempt to turn with it. If you notice someone is trying to turnfight you, simply outturn them and light them up with 2x20mm. However, bear in mind the Chaika is also more fragile than most planes in the game; a single 20mm shot on it is almost always death.
Vehicle characteristics
Tactics
Not only can the Chaika be played as a turnfighter, but it is relatively effective as a bomber hunter. Since it can climb somewhat well, it can get up to bomber altitude and make an effort to stop them. With 2x20mm, it has the ability to do significant damage to bombers. It also has 8 RS82 rockets, and when fired in a volley at a bomber, one of them is bound to make impact. All it takes is one to bring down even the mighty BV238. As you face bombers, do NOT stay behind them for long. Their turrets will make mincegull out of you.
Specific enemies worth noting
Countertactics
Should you be facing an I153P, whatever you do, do not attempt to engage in a turnfight. The little biplane is more than capable of outturning even the A6M2 Reisen. Calmly deploy zoom and boom tactics against it; fly from an upper ground, light it up, and fly away. Try not to keep yourself level for too long, as there is a chance it will be able to hit you if you speed away. It has a moderate climbrate too and will climb after you with relative effectiveness if you fly back up after the "zoom".
Pros and cons
Pros:
 Low stall speed.
 Good roll rate.
 Great turn speed.
 Great armament consisting of 2x20mm cannons.
 Easily underestimated.
Cons:
 Slow.
 Very vulnerable against the guns it faces.
 No direct fuel injection.
 Poor energy retention.
 Good climbrate against biplanes, but not against advanced monoplanes.
Specifications
Armaments
Offensive armaments
 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon, nosemounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
Payloads
Bombs
Nation  Mass (nominal)  Name  Caliber  Drag  Damage Rating 
Radius  Pen  Damage Rating 
Radius  Pen 

Bomb properties  High explosive  Fragmentation  
Germany 
1,000 kg  SC 1000L2  450  33  360.4  30m  250mm  94.4  150m  15mm 
250 kg  SC 250Ja  285  16.9  6.3  10m  100mm  111  80m  12mm  
50 kg  SC 50Ja  152  4.3  0  3m  35mm  51.3  40m  10mm  
500 kg  SC 500K  392  23.7  100  25m  160mm  100  120m  15mm  
10 kg  SD 10C  152  0.8  0.3  5m  8mm  0  15m  5mm  
10 kg  SD 10a  152  0.8  0.5  5m  10mm  0  15m  5mm  
Japan 
250 kg  mod.25 mk 2  285  16.9  6.3  10m  100mm  111  80m  12mm 
500 kg  mod. 50 mk 2  392  23.7  100  25m  160mm  100  120m  15mm  
800 kg  mod. 80 mk 1  450  49.6  640.9  40m  250mm  94.4  150m  15mm  
250 kg  Type 92 mod. 25  285  16.9  6.3  10m  100mm  111  80m  12mm  
500 kg  Type 92 mod. 50  392  23.7  100  25m  160mm  100  120m  15mm  
100 kg  Type 94 mod. 10  267  9.3  0.9  6m  75mm  102.3  45m  12mm  
50 kg  Army Type 94 mod. 5  152  4.3  0  3m  35mm  51.3  40m  10mm  
60 kg  Type 97 mod. 6  152  4.3  0  3m  35mm  51.3  40m  10mm  
250 kg  Type 98 mod.25  285  16.9  6.3  10m  100mm  111  80m  12mm  
800kg  Type 99 mod. 25  450  49.6  640.9  40m  250mm  94.4  150m  15mm  
800 kg  Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1  450  49.6  640.9  40m  250mm  94.4  150m  15mm  
USSR 
100 kg  FAB100  267  9.3  0.9  6m  75mm  102.3  45m  12mm 
1,000 kg  FAB1000  450  33  360.4  30m  250mm  94.4  150m  15mm  
250 kg  FAB250M43  285  16.9  6.3  10m  100mm  111  80m  12mm  
50 kg  FAB50  152  4.3  0  3m  35mm  51.3  40m  10mm  
500 kg  FAB500  392  23.7  100  25m  160mm  100  120m  15mm  
1,500 kg  FAB1500M46  450  33  2452.7  70m  450mm  94.4  150m  15mm  
3,000 kg  FAB3000M46  450  33  8493.2  100m  500mm  94.4  150m  15mm  
Britain 
453 kg  1000 lb GP  392  37  100  25m  160mm  100  120m  15mm 
453 kg  1000 lb GP mk 1  392  37  100  25m  160mm  100  120m  15mm  
453 kg  1000 lb MC mk 1  392  37  100  25m  160mm  100  120m  15mm  
113.4 kg  250 lb  267  0  5.4  13m  78mm  100.6  48m  12mm  
113.4 kg  250 lb 43  267  0  5.4  13m  78mm  100.6  48m  12mm  
113.4 kg  250 lb late  267  0  5.4  13m  78mm  100.6  48m  12mm  
226.8 kg  500 lb  285  16.9  15.7  16m  100mm  111  80m  12mm  
226.8 kg  500 lb 43  285  16.9  15.7  16m  100mm  111  80m  12mm  
1,815 kg  mk 2 Cookie  450  100  4955.1  80m  400mm  87.6  200m  15mm  
USA 
453.6 kg  1000lb ANM65 cone  392  37  100  25m  160mm  100  120m  15mm 
453.6 kg  1000 lb ANM65A1  392  37  100  25m  160mm  100  120m  15mm  
45.4 kg  100 lb ANM30A1  152  4.3  1  8m  50mm  51.3  40m  10mm  
907.2 kg  2000 lb ANM66A2  450  49.6  640.9  40m  250mm  94.4  150m  15mm  
113.4 kg  250 lb ANM57  267  9.3  4.1  12m  75mm  102.3  45m  12mm  
226.8 kg  500 lb ANM64A1  285  16.9  15.7  16m  100mm  111  80m  12mm  
France 
kg  100 kg No. 1  m  mm  m  mm  
kg  200 kg No. 1  m  mm  m  mm  
kg  500 kg No. 2  m  mm  m  mm 
Aircraft Rockets
Nation  Mass  Name  Velocity  Caliber  Drag  Damage Rating 
Radius  Pen  Damage Rating 
Radius  Pen 

Rocket properties  High explosive  Fragmentation  
Germany 
110.9 kg  BR 20  350 m/s  210  100  210.8  5 m  75 mm  100  50 m  10 mm 
3.85 kg  R4M Orkan  525 m/s  55  0  0.6  1 m  12 mm  5.2  25 m  8 mm  
2.78 kg  RZ 65 Föhn  260 m/s  73  17.5  0  0.9 m  10 mm  13.1  15 m  8 mm  
Japan 
60 kg  60 kg  340 m/s  82  21.1  99.9  6 m  60 mm  0  15 m  8 mm 
USSR 
41.9 kg  RS132  350 m/s  132  14  27.9  3 m  75 mm  43.3  25 m  10 mm 
7.84 kg  RS82  340 m/s  82  0  0.6  1 m  23 mm  16.9  12 m  8 mm  
Britain 
64 kg  HVAR  420 m/s  127  14  29.3  3.5 m  75 mm  98.6  17 m  12 mm 
43 kg  RP3  350 m/s  76  10.5  35.8  3.5m  75 mm  56.7  15 m  5 mm  
USA 
583 kg  11.75 in Tiny Tim  300 m/s  298  17.5  1,289.2  13 m  120 mm  183.4  45 m  12 mm 
64 kg  5 in HVAR  420 m/s  127  14  29.3  3.5 m  75 mm  98.6  17 m  12 mm  
17 kg  M8 Bazooka  250 m/s  114  3.5  6  1 m  29 mm  16.8  25 m  7 mm 
Supercharger Stage #1: 100%
Supercharger Stage #1: WEP
Supercharger Stage #2: 100%
Supercharger Stage #2: WEP
Engine & mobility
Engine
 Cooling type: Air
 Max power: 735 hp (Stock), 956 hp (Upgraded)
 Takeoff power: 901 hp (Stock), 1122 hp (Upgraded)
 Mass: 434 kg
 Cooling type: Air
 Max power: 726 hp (Stock), 830 hp (Upgraded)
 Takeoff power: 892 hp (Stock), 996 hp (Upgraded)
 Mass: 434 kg
 Cooling type: Air
 Max power: 726 hp (Stock), 830 hp (Upgraded)
 Takeoff power: 892 hp (Stock), 996 hp (Upgraded)
 Mass: 434 kg
Stats
 Max speed: 420 km/h
 at height: 4,850 m
 Max altitude: 10,500 m
 Turn Time: 14.1 s
 Rate of Climb: 8.9 m/s
 Takeoff run: 274 m
Upgraded
 Max speed: 465 km/h
 at height: 4,850 m
 Max altitude: 10,500 m
 Turn Time: 13.0 s
 Rate of Climb: 24.1 m/s
 Takeoff run: 274 m
 Max speed: 408 km/h
 at height: 4,850 m
 Max altitude: 10,500 m
 Turn Time: 14.4 s
 Rate of Climb: 11.1 m/s
 Takeoff run: 274 m
Upgraded
 Max speed: 465 km/h
 at height: 4,850 m
 Max altitude: 10,500 m
 Turn Time: 13.0 s
 Rate of Climb: 24.1 m/s
 Takeoff run: 274 m
 Max speed: 408 km/h
 at height: 4,850 m
 Max altitude: 10,500 m
 Turn Time: 14.4 s
 Rate of Climb: 11.1 m/s
 Takeoff run: 274 m
Upgraded
 Max speed: 465 km/h
 at height: 4,850 m
 Max altitude: 10,500 m
 Turn Time: 13.0 s
 Rate of Climb: 24.1 m/s
 Takeoff run: 274 m
Performance
Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)
Supercharger Stage #1: 100%
Supercharger Stage #1: WEP
Supercharger Stage #2: 100%
Supercharger Stage #2: WEP
Modules and improvements
As premium vehicle it comes with all upgrades fully researched, bought and installed.
History of creation and combat usage
Screenshots and fan art
Skins and camouflages for the I153P Chaika from live.warthunder.com.
Additional information (links)
References
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I153P Chaika 
Nation  USSR 
Design Family  Polikarpov I153 
Type  Light fighter 
Fighting style  Turn Fighting 
Metric✓ Imperial
Metric Imperial✓
Characteristics  
Empty Weight  ~1500 kg 
Empty Weight + fuel  ~1740 kg 
Takeoff Weight  ~1880 kg 
Wing Area  ~22 m² 
Number of Engines  1 
Air Brakes  no 
Arrestor Gear  no 
Statistics  
Power per Engine  830 hp 
WEP Duration  infinite 
top speed  ~444.00 kph at 4850 m 
Climb Rate  ~15.00 m/s 
Optimal climb velocity  ~214.00 kph 
Turn Time  ~13.30 s 
Wing loading (Empty)  ~68.00 kg/m² 
Characteristics  
Empty Weight  ~3307 lb 
Empty Weight + fuel  ~3836 lb 
Takeoff Weight  ~4145 lb 
Wing Area  ~238 ft² 
Number of Engines  1 
Air Brakes  no 
Arrestor Gear  no 
Statistics  
Power per Engine  830 hp 
WEP Duration  infinite 
Top speed  ~275.89 mph at 15912 m 
Climb Rate  49.21 ft/s 
Optimal climb velocity  ~132.97 mph 
Turn Time  13.30 s 
Wing loading (Empty)  ~13.93 lb/ft² 
Main Weapons  
2 x ShVAKS  150 rpg 
Payload Option 1  
Without load  Clean Plane 
Payload Option 2  
4 x 💣 50 kg  FAB50 Bomb 
Payload Option 3  
8 x 🚀 82mm, 6.8kg  RS82 rocket 
Limits  
Max Speed limit  570 kph 
Gear limit  570 kph 
Max static +G's  ~14 
Max static G's  ~14 
Optimal Velocities  
Ailerons  <300 kph 
Rudder  <340 kph 
Elevators  <340 kph 
Radiator  >220 kph 
Limits  
Max Speed limit  354 mph 
Gear limit  354 mph 
Max static +G's  ~14 
Max static G's  ~14 
Optimal Velocities  
Ailerons  <186 mph 
Rudder  <211 mph 
Elevators  <211 mph 
Radiator  >137 mph 
Manual Control  
Mixer  is controllable 
Pitch  is controllable no automatic pitch 
Radiator (water)  is controllable 
Radiator (oil)  is not controllable 
Oil and water  uses combined radiator control 
Supercharger  is controllable 
Turbocharger  is controllable 
Compressor settings 1  
Optimal Altitude  2500 m 8202 ft

100% Engine power  930 hp 
WEP Engine power  1116 hp 
Compressor settings 2  
Optimal Altitude  5000 m 16404 ft

100% Enginepower  880 hp 
WEP Enginepower  1056 hp 