Challe's Yak-9T (France)

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Challe's ▄Yak-9T
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.0 tTake-off weight
4.02 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10 000 mCeiling
Klimov VK-105PFEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
682.5 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
37 mm NS-37 cannonWeapon 1
30 roundsAmmunition
260 shots/minFire rate
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 2
200 roundsAmmunition
997 shots/minFire rate
Sl icon.png5 200/4 310/2 380Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
120 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
136 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
280 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png180 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png50 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the French fighter Challe's Yak-9T (France). For other uses, see Yak-9 (Family).


GarageImage Yak-9TFrance.jpg

Challe's ▄Yak-9T is a premium gift rank III French fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB) and 4.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France", released later to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the French-Soviet squadron "Normandie-Niemen" on 24 November 2017. This version is modelled after the Yak-9 flown by French pilot René Challe.

Challe's Yak-9T has so far been made available only during the 75th-anniversary event for the Normandie Niemen Soviet-French squadron as a purchasable premium.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 576 560 10 000 18.8 19.5 13.7 13.6 366
Upgraded 610 593 17.2 18.0 18.5 16.0


French ace René Challe (left) and Maurice Challe (right) standing in front of René's Yak-9T, White 60.
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
682.5 320 N/A N/A 280 ~12 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 420 < 490 > 340

Survivability and armour

  • 64 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front and rear.
  • 8 mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat.


Offensive armament

The Challe's Yak-9T (France) is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm NS-37 cannon, nose-mounted (30 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg)

Usage in battles

The Yakovlev 9-T or Yak-9 as it is most popularly referred to in-game, being the most popular of the Yak 9 variants, is best played differently depending on the situation the pilot finds him/herself in.

To begin, make sure that you take off and immediately climb. A twenty-degree angle may be too much to handle depending on the number of upgrades purchased on the aircraft, so initially, a fifteen-degree climb will suffice. With it, the pilot keeps much-needed speed and agility. Altitude advantage over your opponent is always preferred, and most pilots of the tier that the Yak 9T fights, do not choose to climb over 2,000 Meters (6,561 feet) A good altitude to climb to is 3,000 Meters (9,842 feet) to gain the altitude advantage over the enemy. Be advised this will not always be the case and some enemies will climb above you, if this happens, try to make them bleed energy until they are slower than you and turn-fight them.

At high altitude, the Yak 9T is best suited to energy fighting, which means using the Yak's good energy retention to zoom at an opponent, shoot at them, and then climb up and turn back to your opponent and give chase. They Yak at mid to low altitude is best suited to turn-fighting against all nations except for the Japanese. If facing the Japanese, use the same energy fight tactics as stated above, as Japanese planes will be unable to give chase due to low energy retention of their lightweight aircraft. The Yak-9T comes equipped with flaps, it is critical you use them, as performance is significantly increased in a turn-fight with them opened.

The Yak 9T and typically speaking, all Yak aircraft suffer from constant engine overheat which requires properly watching the temperature to ensure it does not stay critical for too long or the engine will die and the plane becomes subject to the laws of gravity. Keep eyes on the temperature at all times. The best advice is to keep the throttle at 90% or lower when not in combat. The Yak-9T is best suited for flying in colder maps, however, if on a hot map, gain altitude and cruise at 85-90% throttle.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 37 mm
IV Cover New 37 mm cannons
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Cannon is quite accurate and powerful
  • Has 30 shells for the 37 mm and reasonably high rate of fire compared to its calibre
  • Decent manoeuvrability
  • Cannon can knock out medium tanks with several hits in the side or rear


  • The 37 mm chews through ammunition quickly; afterwards, you only have a single 50. Cal machine gun (unless you wait for reload in arcade or return to base in realistic or simulator battles)
  • 37 mm has high recoil
  • Lousy high-altitude performance


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Notable pilots

  • French ace pilot René Challe flying for USSR against Germany.


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See also

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A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Attackers  Yak-2 KABB
Yak-1  Yak-1 · Yak-1B
Yak-2  I-29
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-7  Yak-7B
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Yak-9K · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9P · Yak-9T · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT
Bombers  Yak-4
Jet Fighters  Yak-15P · Yak-15 · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30
Foreign Use  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T
Captured  ▀Yak-1B

France fighters
Dewoitine  D.371 · D.371 H.S.9 · D.373 · D.500 · D.501 · Pallier's D.510 · D.520
Morane-Saulnier  M.S.405C1 · M.S.406C1 · M.S.410
Arsenal  V.G.33C-1
Bloch  M.B.152C1 · M.B.157
Caudron  C.R.714
Sud-Ouest  S.O.8000 Narval
American  H-75A-1 · H-75A-4 · ▄P-40F-5 Lafayette · ▄F6F-5 · ▄F6F-5N · ▄P-63C-5 · F4U-7 · ▄F8F-1B
Other countries  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900

France premium aircraft
Fighters  D.371 H.S.9 · Pallier's D.510 · ▄P-40F-5 Lafayette · M.B.152C1 · ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900 · S.O.8000 Narval
Bombers  Vautour IIA IDF/AF