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The La-200 was a proposed Soviet all-weather interceptor. It was designed with the intent of protecting key strategic locations and defending against potential aerial threats from rival nations. The La-200 was developed in the late 1940s as tensions between the Soviet Union and western countries were growing. With plans to turn it into a crucial defense asset for the Soviet Union, its radar system and powerful engines were designed to allow it to successfully track and intercept enemy aircraft with ease. Even though the La-200 won a competition against three other aircraft with comparable capabilities, the project was ultimately viewed as a failure due to the development of even more advanced aircraft, such as the Yak-120 (also known as the Yak-25), which rendered the La-200 obsolete before it could be fully deployed and was seen as a more practical solution for the Soviet Union's defense requirements. The failure of the La-200 demonstrated the challenges of keeping up with rapidly evolving aviation technology during that era. In the end, only one prototype was built, and it never entered full production.

The La-200 was introduced in Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm". It features promising performance characteristics, such as a top speed of more than 1,000 km/h, which allows it to outrun most aircraft at its battle rating. It works best at medium to high altitudes, where it is nearly impossible to catch and can inflict devastating strikes on unsuspecting foes via boom-and-zooming. With three N-37D cannons, the armament does not fall short either. However, one of its most unforgiving flaws is its terrible low-speed performance, which makes it difficult to manoeuvre and maintain stability when used at those speeds.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 0 m1 101 km/h
Turn time26 s
Max altitude13 500 m
Engine2 х Klimov VK-1
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight13 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,087 1,061 13500 26.9 27.8 38.7 37.0 700
Upgraded 1,110 1,101 25.6 26.0 58.7 47.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1123 450 627 598 450 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 600 < 700 < 750 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Klimov VK-1 2 7,700 kg 257 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 9m fuel 20m fuel 31m fuel
892 kg Centrifugal-flow turbojet 8,456 kg 9,363 kg 10,269 kg 12,500 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% (front / rear) WEP 9m fuel 20m fuel 31m fuel MTOW
Stationary 2,430 / 2,520 kgf N/A 0.59 0.53 0.48 0.40
Optimal 2,430 / 2,520 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.59 0.53 0.48 0.40

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural1 123 km/h
Gear450 km/h

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Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
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RB10 113 → 13 055 Sl icon.png
SB12 927 → 16 688 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications90 300 Rp icon.png
145 400 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training86 000 Sl icon.png
Experts300 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 360 / 600 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Offensive armament

Weapon 13 x 37 mm N-37D cannon
Ammunition150 rounds
Fire rate400 shots/min
Main article: N-37D (37 mm)

The La-200 is armed with:

  • 3 x 37 mm N-37D cannons, chin-mounted (50 rpg = 150 total)

Usage in battles

Speed is your greatest advantage. The La-200 can outrun every jet at its BR and even some jets at higher BRs. At the beginning of a match try to gather speed as soon as possible. In a game, if you accelerate up to about 1,000 km/h no one will catch you even if they dive on you. You can use your speed to zoom climb and surprise any climbing (or unsuspecting) players. Remember that other fighters will be more manoeuvrable and that you can't afford taking any hits (top speed drops horribly if you get hit). Always make sure that you have enough energy to run away from the enemy if you miss. And you will miss a lot, the 37 mm cannons are hard to lead and quite inaccurate, so it is not recommended to use them at long distances. They are, however, extremely effective when they hit (one shot is almost always enough) so it's possible to get many kills without landing.


Main article: Toriy

The La-200 is equipped with a Toriy search radar, located in the radome in the centre of the air intake.

Toriy - Target Detection Radar
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
15,000 m 12,000 m ±30° ±32°

Pros and cons


  • Extremely high top speed for its battle rating, able to break the sound barrier in a dive
  • Insane roll rate for Soviet standards, specially at high speeds
  • Good acceleration up to 800 km/h
  • Good climb rate and acceleration provides great zoom climb capability
  • Hard-hitting guns with decent rate of fire
  • Second pilot takes over if the first one is knocked out
  • Effective airbrake
  • Combat flaps help turn
  • Has access to a target detection radar with decent range
  • Able to return to the airfield on one engine


  • Horrible low speed performance
  • Elevator locks up at high speeds, can lead to a crash if you're not careful
  • Guns have some noticeable dispersion
  • Guns have relatively low ammo count (50 shells for each gun, 150 total)
  • Huge target with no armour
  • No payload (no access to bombs/rockets)


In 1948, Soviet high command issued a requirement for a two man, all-weather, twin -engined jet interceptor that would be capable of carrying a new type of radar system called "Toriy" (Thorium). All three Soviet design bureaus (Lavochkin, MiG, and Sukhoi) developed a prototype for testing.

Lavochkin's design, the La-200, had a long fuselage to accommodate its two turbojet engines, swept wings, and a large cockpit for two men. The La-200 took its maiden flight on September 9th, 1949. It was the only aircraft of the three designs to pass initial trials.

By the early 1950s, the La-200 was ready to enter production under the official designation La-17. However, due to the appearance of the Yak-120 (later known as Yak-25), which surpassed the La-200's performance in testing, the La-200 order was cancelled in favor of the Yakovlev design.

Only a single prototype of the La-200 was ever built, and it was modified several times during development to improve performance, correct flaws, and test other radar systems.

- From Devblog



See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Lavochkin Design Bureau (Лавочкинa Опытное конструкторское бюро)
LaGG-3*  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La-5/7  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20
La-9/11  La-9 · La-11
Jet Fighters  La-15 · La-174 · La-200
Export  ␗La-9 · ␗La-11
Captured  ▀La-5FN
  *Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov (Лавочкин-Горбунов-Гудков), head designer V. P. Gorbunov

USSR jet aircraft
Bereznyak-Isayev  BI
Yakovlev  Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-28B · Yak-30D · Yak-38 · Yak-38M · Yak-141
Mikoyan-Gurevich  MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l) · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17 · MiG-17AS · MiG-19PT
  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21PFM · MiG-21S (R-13-300) · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis
  MiG-23M · MiG-23ML · MiG-23MLD · MiG-27M · MiG-27K
  MiG-29 · MiG-29SMT
Lavochkin  La-174 · La-15 · La-200
Sukhoi  Su-9 · Su-11
  Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-7BMK · Su-17M2 · Su-17M4 · Su-22M3
  Su-25 · Su-25BM · Su-25K · Su-25T · Su-25SM3 · Su-39
Ilyushin  IL-28 · IL-28Sh
Tupolev  Tu-14T