La-5

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La-5
la-5_type37_early.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.0/3.0/3.3BR
FighterClass
1 personCrew
2.7 tEmpty weight
3.2 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9 600 mCeiling
sec20.0/20.0/19.0Turn Time
168 km/hStalling speed
Shvetsov M-82Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
735 km/hStructural
340 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 20 mm ShVAK cannonWeapon 1
340 roundsAmmunition
720 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombSetup 1
Economy
14 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
55 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 584 / 3 268/2 520 / 3 187/1 160 / 1 467Repair
16 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
55 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.30 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft La-5. For other uses, see La-5 (Disambiguation)

Description

GarageImage La-5.jpg


The La-5 is a Rank II Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB) and 3.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.35.

The La-5 is an energy fighter. While having decent manoeuvrability, it is sluggish when flown at low speeds and suffers from the control surfaces locking up at higher velocities. It is best to gain altitude, stay around 2-3,000 meters and make short dives on distracted or weaker enemy planes.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,200 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
551 537 9,600 22.6 23.2 7.5 9.7 370
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,200 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
606 573 9,600 19.7 21.1 22.6 13.6 370

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
700 340 450 ~20 ~20
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 410 < 400 < 430 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,050 m 1,540 hp 1,870 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,400 m 1,330 hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm Steel - Plate behind the pilot (with "Rear Armor Plate" module added, thickness increases to 10 mm)
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Headrest
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: ShVAK (20 mm)

The La-5 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20mm ShVAK cannons, nose mounted (170 rpg = 340 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: FAB-50 (50 kg)

The La-5 has two options when it comes to external ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (100 kg total)

Usage in the battles

The La-5's instrument panel.

At the start of the game, climb high and wait for the first dogfight to commence. Once the other planes are engaged, dive on one, fire a good burst, and pull away back to around 3,000 m, and do it again. Shallow dives like this typically best take place at a lower altitude than other boom and zoom aircraft, but here is where the plane's speed will be optimal for manoeuvrability. If you pick up a tail, speeds of around 300 kph/186.4 mph are the best for manoeuvering. This plane is one of the first Soviet fighters in the game to have a powerful engine, WEP, and effective cooling.

The 20 mm cannons are mighty, but low on total ammunition count. Only fly this plane after getting used to the trajectories of the other more forgiving Soviet planes, such as the Yak line, since they use the same cannons. It is typically best to use Ground Target ammo for its high explosive properties.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Radiator DZ-40
II Compressor Airframe
III Wing Repair, Engine Rear Armor Plate Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm Cannons

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent performance at 3,000 m/9,843 ft
  • Good performance in both vertical and horizontal flight
  • Good energy retention
  • Nose mounted weaponry
  • Leading edge slats
  • High rate of fire of the 20 mm ShVAK cannons

Cons:

  • Poor performance above 3,000 m/10,000 ft
  • Low total ammunition count
  • Jack of all trades master of none
  • Severe surface control compression in dives
  • No bulletproof glass or armour to protect the pilot in head-on attacks

History

In early 1942, Semyon Lavochkin's LaGG-3 fighter was under threat of having its production cancelled, having proved itself to be a flawed fighter, underpowered and overweight. At the same time, Arkady Shvetsov faced a lack of demand for his M-82 radial engine, only successfully used by the Sukhoi Su-2 ground attack aircraft that was also in danger of being cancelled. The two designers met at a conference in Moscow, and Shvetsov agreed to help Lavochkin fit the M-82 engine to the LaGG-3 airframe. Mikhail Gudkov, one of the original designers of the LaGG-3, had already attempted to do the same thing, resulting in the Gu-82 fighter. However, he had delayed too long in getting the fighter into production, and by April 1942, Aleksander Yakovlev had succeeded in getting production of the LaGG-3 cancelled in favour of his Yak-7 fighter, effectively monopolising Soviet fighter production.

Lavochkin's OKB was, in the meantime, transferred to the backwaters of Tbilisi, Georgia and he and his team had to work almost illegally and in harsh conditions to modify the LaGG-3 for the M-82 engine. The radial engine was physically wider than the LaGG-3 fuselage cross-section, requiring skirting to attach the larger engine and to the fuselage, and the M-82 also had no space for an engine-mounted cannon, unlike the Klimov M-105. Thus, the updated armament changed to two 20 mm ShVAK cannon mounted on top of the engine. The new LaGG-3 M-82 (also known as the Samolyot 37 (Aircraft 37) or the Type 37) was completed in February 1942 and underwent test flights, with promising results despite problems with engine cooling. Its performance was better than any Soviet fighter then in service. Other issues revealed in testing consisted of: excessive control forces, oil leaks, and excessive weight, but these could not overshadow the LaGG-3 M-82's excellent performance, and it full-scale development began as the LaG-5. The first fully operational LaG-5s were delivered on 20 June 1942.

Series LaG-5s suffered from poor quality, which reduced performance considerably. As was revealed in the test flights, pilots found it to be a more difficult aircraft to fly than the Yak-1 or LaGG-3, but the radial engine enhanced protection during head-on attacks. Redesignated La-5 in September 1942, the new fighter faced its first important test during the battle of Stalingrad. It proved not to be enough to equal the Bf 109 F-4 and G-2 models but was considered capable of further improvement. Continuous improvements to the La-5 would eventually lead to the La-5F, La-5FN, and finally the La-7, among some of the most excellent Soviet fighters of the Great Patriotic War.

Media

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