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The La-5 type 37 was a Soviet fighter plane powered by a 1,700 hp Shvetsov M-82A radial engine. It featured two 20 mm ShVAK cannons and had flight characteristics similar to the Bf 109 F. However, it faced issues like cockpit heat, gas contamination, poor cockpit canopy quality, and low speeds due to canopy regulations. Despite these drawbacks, improvements were made throughout production. The La-5 type 37 entered service in 1942 and a total of 1,021 were produced until the end of the year. Further enhancements were needed for it to match the performance of newer German fighters like the Bf 109 G and Fw 190.

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 2,000-3,000 m and make short dives on distracted or weaker enemy planes. It has good armament, 2 x 20mm cannons, but a low ammo pool requires good trigger discipline to last the entire match

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 200 m580 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude9 600 m
EngineShvetsov M-82
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight3 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,200 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 554 537 9600 22.1 22.8 9.8 9.8 370
Upgraded 609 580 20.0 21.1 18.8 13.7


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 + -
735 340 431 406 280 ~14 ~14
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 380 < 380 > 341

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear340 km/h
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Plate behind the pilot (with "Rear Armour 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)
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks, with neutral gas pressurization system (1 below pilot's feet, 1 in each wing)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB634 → 802 Sl icon.png
RB1 321 → 1 672 Sl icon.png
SB1 832 → 2 319 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications10 370 Rp icon.png
13 870 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost750 Ge icon.png
Crew training6 300 Sl icon.png
Experts22 000 Sl icon.png
Aces250 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
40 / 100 / 200 % Sl icon.png
124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
690 Rp icon.png
910 Sl icon.png
95 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
690 Rp icon.png
910 Sl icon.png
95 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
1 200 Rp icon.png
1 600 Sl icon.png
165 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
650 Rp icon.png
860 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
650 Rp icon.png
860 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
1 100 Rp icon.png
1 500 Sl icon.png
155 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
1 200 Rp icon.png
1 600 Sl icon.png
165 Ge icon.png
Mods armor back.png
Rear armor plate
650 Rp icon.png
860 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
1 100 Rp icon.png
1 500 Sl icon.png
155 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
690 Rp icon.png
910 Sl icon.png
95 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
650 Rp icon.png
860 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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1 100 Rp icon.png
1 500 Sl icon.png
155 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon
Ammunition340 rounds
Fire rate720 shots/min
Main article: ShVAK (20 mm)

The La-5 is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

List of setups (1)
Setup 12 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
Main article: FAB-50sv (50 kg)

The La-5 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

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

Usage in 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 km/h (186 mph) are the best for manoeuvring. 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 Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Excellent performance at 3,000 m (10,000 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


  • 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


Archive of the in-game description

A single-seat cantilever monoplane fighter with a closed cockpit and retractable landing gear with a tail wheel. Adapted from the LaGG-3 fighter's airframe for the air-cooled M-82 engine.

The aircraft was powered by the 14-cylinder twin-row air-cooled Shvetsov M-82A radial engine with a maximum output of 1,700 hp.

The La-5 Type 37's armament consisted of two 20 mm synchronized ShVAK cannons with 170 shells each. They were installed in the nose of the fuselage above the engine.

The La-5 Type 37 differed from the prototype LaGG-3M-82 design in its front fuselage, which was given a more circular profile to provide a smooth transition between the engine and the sides without additional splice plates.

The La-5 had roughly equal flight characteristics to those of the Bf.109F, but was weaker than the newer Bf.109G, which appeared on the Soviet-German front at the same as the La-5, in the autumn of 1942.

Apart from that, as with many machines created in a hurry, the La-5 initially had many drawbacks.

The most serious of them were the stifling heat and gas contamination in the cockpit, caused by bad sealing in the engine compartment and a lack of ventilation. Another serious issue was the low-quality plexiglass in the cockpit windows, which quickly discolored in the sunlight and lost its transparency. In addition, high speeds and g-forces often caused the cockpit canopy to seize up.

To provide fresh air, increase visibility and allow for an emergency escape, the pilot had to keep the cockpit canopy open at all times, though regulations forbade this, as it significantly decreased the plane's maximum speed.

The first La-5 Type 37 Series 1-8 planes were produced in July 1942 at the No. 21 aviation plant in Gorky and went into service in August–September. Production continued until the end of 1942. In total, 1,021 La-5 Type 37s of all production series were produced.

Throughout its series production, the aircraft's flaws were slowly corrected, but for it to go toe to toe with the Bf.109G and the other new German fighter, the FW.190, its flight characteristics needed to be increased.

Notable pilots

Soviet ace pilot Ivan Kozhedub, highest scoring Allied ace of WWII.



See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • 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 fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15 M-25 · I-15bis · Krasnolutsky's I-15bis
  I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28 · I-180S
I-29  I-29
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
ITP  ITP (M-1)
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Yak-1/7  Yak-1 · Yak-1B · Yak-7B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Eremin's Yak-3(e) · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
Other countries  ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc
P-39  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
P-63  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5