La-5FN (Germany)

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This page is about the premium German fighter La-5FN (Germany). For other versions, see La-5 (Family).
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The ▀La-5FN is a premium rank III German fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/SB) and 3.7 (RB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27 as an in-game premium vehicle purchasable with Golden Eagles Ge icon.png, but was removed from in-game sale during the July 2021 Economy Update. It has since been made available for purchase with Golden Eagles Ge icon.png during the 2023 "First Flight of the La-5" and the 2024 "Anniversary of the La-5’s First Flight!" flash sales.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 100 m620 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude11 350 m
EngineShvetsov M-82FN
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight3 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,100 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 595 576 11350 20.0 20.8 17.6 17.6 341
Upgraded 646 620 18.1 19.2 27.2 21.7


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 + -
735 310 447 418 270 ~13 ~13
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 380 < 380 > 341
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,550 m 1,630 hp 1,920 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,550 m 1,430 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural735 km/h
Gear310 km/h
  • 75 mm bulletproof glass in the rear windshield
  • 55 mm bulletproof glass in the front windshield
  • 10 mm steel plate behind the pilot seat

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB683 Sl icon.png
RB5 085 Sl icon.png
SB2 100 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts115 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces640 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 60 / 220 / 310 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Mods radiator.png
Mods compressor.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Mods new engine.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Mods armor frame.png
Mods armor cover.png
Mods ammo.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png


Offensive armament

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

The La-5FN (Germany) is armed with:

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

The ShVAK cannons are quite effective at this battle rating consisting of adequate damage output, a high rate of fire, and decent ammunition belts. However, they are crippled by mediocre damage per shot and by having close to the worst HEI round in the game, so one should focus on the critical components of a plane such as an engine and pilot. The cannons themselves are accurate, even in stock configuration and have the fastest rate of fire of any of its contemporaries (Hispano Mk.IIs/404s, MG 151s, Ho-5s, Type 98/99s).

Usage in battles

The La-5FN is the last of the La-5 modifications and is one of the best planes at its BR. Designed to be contemporary to the universally feared German Bf 109, it maintains excellent energy retention, adequate speed, brutal acceleration, and an amazing turn rate makes this a monster at its rank. If you made it this far in the Soviet tech tree, you should understand that all but 4 Soviet prop fighters are horrible above 4,000 m, where their engines that are tuned for low-altitude will asphyxiate above that altitude, so avoid high altitude fights at all costs.

A purebred energy fighter through and through, one should employ energy fighting tactics such as stall fighting, vertical scissors and others. However, due to its fantastic turn rate, you can outturn most German, American, Italian and French fighters. Never engage in a turn fight with the British Spitfires or most Japanese fighters, as they can turn on a dime and have a relatively powerful armament.

Some enemies to be considered:

  • Spitfire: The legendary British fighter is the king of low altitude fighting. It can turn on a dime, has a decent top-end speed, but has a mediocre roll rate that only gets worse at higher speeds. Avoid them at all costs unless they are unaware of your presence. In which case, dive on it and aim for the pilot and wings, as your cannons will rip through them.
  • C.205 serie 3 and G.55: These Italian menaces are heavily armed dogfighters that are effectively Bf 109s with more weapons. Their speed is almost unparalleled at this rank and excels at most fighting scenarios. If one forces a fight on you, attempt to turn fight, as when combined with combat flaps and the effective rudder, you outturn them by a decent margin.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Excellent low altitude performance
  • Fantastic energy retention
  • Competitive turn rate
  • Adequate speed
  • Cannons are fast-firing and accurate
  • Leading-edge wing slats improve turn rate
  • Responsive elevator authority
  • Amazing acceleration turns brutal with WEP
  • Good armour made better with upgrades


  • Engine asphyxiates at high altitudes
  • Only two cannons can be inadequate against heavier fighters and bombers
  • Lower dive speed compared to contemporaries
  • Rudder locks up above 500 km/h IAS, which will sometimes lead to a crash especially in low altitude dives


In early 1942, Semyon Lavochkin's LaGG-3 fighter was under threat of having its production cancelled, having shown itself to be underpowered and overweight. At the same time, Arkady Shvetsov faced a lack of demand for his M-82 radial engine - another project also in danger of being cancelled - successfully used only by the Sukhoi OKB's Su-2 ground attack aircraft. 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 such a thing resulting in the Gu-82 fighter, but he had delayed getting the fighter into production for too long. By April 1942, Aleksander Yakovlev had succeeded in getting his Yak-7 fighter produced instead of the LaGG-3, effectively monopolising Soviet fighter aircraft production.

Lavochkin's OKB was, in the meantime, transferred to the backwaters of Tbilisi, Georgia, where 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, meaning skirting was required to attach the larger engine to the fuselage. The M-82 also had no space for an engine-mounted cannon, unlike the Klimov M-105, and thus, the updated armament changed to two 20 mm ShVAK cannon mounted on top of the engine instead. 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, where problems with engine cooling, excessive control forces, oil leaks, and excessive weight were discovered. Despite these, the LaGG-3 M-82 achieved excellent test results - performing better than any Soviet fighter in service at the time - and its full-scale development began as the LaG-5, and the first fully operational LaG-5s was 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. Re-designated La-5 in September 1942, the new fighter faced its first field test during the battle of Stalingrad, where it proved insufficient to equal the Bf 109 F-4 and G-2 models, but was crucially also considered capable of further improvement through refinement. Continuous improvements to the La-5 would eventually lead to the La-5F, La-5FN, and finally the La-7 - notably being among some of the most excellent Soviet fighters of the Great Patriotic War.

Archive of the in-game description

The Lavochkin La-5 was a single-engine monoplane fighter, a single-seater with an enclosed cockpit, wooden frame and a canvas skin. FN in the designation stands for Boosted, Fuel Injection. The new variant entered production and began to reach front-line units in March 1943. The La-5FN, rather than being a successor to the earlier La-5F, was produced concurrently. Its ASh-82FN engine could reach 1,850 HP and remain at takeoff power settings for up to 10 minutes.

In April 1943 a serial La-5FN was flight tested in mock combat against a captured Bf-109G-2. The Soviet aircraft proved superior at low and medium altitudes, the most common on the Eastern Front. The La-5FN was superior both in top speed as well as manoeuvring in the vertical. An analysis of these engagements led to significant changes in Soviet tactics. The La-5FN's armament was identical to that of the La-5 and consisted of twin 20mm ShVAK cannon with 200 rounds per gun. The guns were pneumatically or mechanically operated.



See also

Other German-captured Soviet aircraft

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

Germany fighters
He 51  He 51 A-1 · He 51 B-1 · He 51 B-2/H · He 51 C-1 · He 51 C-1/L
He 100  He 100 D-1
He 112  He 112 A-0 · He 112 B-0 · He 112 B-1/U2 · He 112 B-2/U2 · He 112 V-5
Bf 109 (Jumo)  Flegel's Bf 109 A · Bf 109 B-1 · Bf 109 C-1
Bf 109 (DB-601)  Bf 109 E-1 · Bf 109 E-3 · Bf 109 E-4 · Bf 109 E-7/U2 · Bf 109 F-1 · Bf 109 F-2 · Bf 109 F-4 · Bf 109 F-4/trop
Bf 109 (DB-605)  Bf 109 G-2/trop · Bf 109 G-2 · Bf 109 G-6 · Bf 109 G-10 · Bf 109 G-14 · Bf 109 K-4
Fw 190 (early)  Fw 190 A-1 · Fw 190 A-4 · Fw 190 A-5 · Fw 190 A-5 · Fw 190 A-5/U2 · Fw 190 A-5/U14 · Fw 190 A-8 · Fw 190 C
Fw 190 (late)  Fw 190 D-9 · Fw 190 D-12 · Fw 190 D-13
Ta 152  Ta 152 C-3 · Ta 152 H-1
Blohm & Voss 
BV 155  BV 155 B-1
USA  ▀P-47D-16-RE · ▀P-47D
USSR  ▀La-5FN · ▀Yak-1B
Britain  ▀Tempest Mk V
Italy  ▀CR.42 · ▀Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · ▀G.50 serie 2 · ▀G.50 AS serie 7 · ▀C. 200 serie 3 · ▀C. 200 serie 7 · ▀C. 202
Finland  ▀Hawk H-75A-2

Germany premium aircraft
Fighters  He 51 B-2/H · BV 155 B-1
He 112  He 112 B-1/U2 · He 112 B-2/U2
Bf 109  Flegel's Bf 109 A · Bf 109 E-7/U2 · Bf 109 G-2
Fw 190  Fw 190 A-5/U14 · Fw 190 C · Fw 190 D-13
Captured  ▀Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · ▀Hawk H-75A-2 · ▀Yak-1B · ▀La-5FN · ▀P-47D-16-RE · ▀P-47D · ▀Tempest Mk V
Twin-engine fighters  Bf 109 Z-1 · Ju 388 J · Ta 154 A-1
Jet fighters  ◄Sea Hawk Mk.100 · ◄G.91 R/4 · ◄MiG-21 SPS-K · ◊MiG-21 "Lazur-M"
Strike aircraft  Hs 129 B-2 (Romania) · ▀IL-2 (1942) · Bf 110 C-6 · Do 335 B-2 · He 219 A-7 · ◄Tornado IDS WTD61
Bombers  Ar 196 A-3 · BV 238 · Fw 189 A-1 · Ju 87 R-2 Libya · Ju 288 C · ▀Wellington Mk Ic