LaGG-3-34

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LaGG-3-34
lagg-3-34.png
FIND ON MARKETPLACE
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.3/2.3/3.0BR
Class
1 personCrew
3.4 tTake-off weight
4.02 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 200 mCeiling
Klimov VK-105PFEngine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
700 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
37 mm NS-37 cannonWeapon 1
36 roundsAmmunition
260 shots/minFire rate
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 2
200 roundsAmmunition
997 shots/minFire rate
Economy
Sl icon.png2 400/1 640/1 050Repair
4 700 Sl icon.pngCrew training
32 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
118 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
160 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png120 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png40 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Soviet fighter LaGG-3-34. For other uses, see LaGG-3 (Family).

Description

GarageImage LaGG-3-34.jpg


The LaGG-3-34 is a premium gift rank II Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB) and 2.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.41.27. This vehicle is currently only available via the Gaijin Marketplace.

This fighter is equipped with a very effective 37 mm gun. As such, it can fight late biplanes and early fighters and will suffer in low altitude engagements due to its weight. However, if used as a heavy fighter (maintaining energy, using altitude and avoiding furballs), the LaGG-3-34 is extraordinarily effective in dealing with planes and tanks.

The LaGG-3-34 is a modification of the LaGG-3 with a nose mounted 37 mm NS-37 auto-cannon that can be equipped with a variety of belts, including AP. It performs decently for a Soviet fighter, though it should be used as a bomber-hunter or anti-tank CAS plane. With 36 rounds for a 37 mm NS-37 mounted through the nose, and a single 12.7 Berezin UB with 200 rounds, the LaGG-3-34 is highly effective after you have mastered this aircraft. It operates well as a bomber interceptor, even though the climb rate may not be the best in its class.

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 3,700 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 542 527 9 200 24.1 25.0 11.5 11.4 450
Upgraded 579 560 22.0 23.0 16.3 13.8

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
700 450 460 460 280 ~11 ~8

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Armaments

Offensive armament

The LaGG-3-34 is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm NS-37 cannon, nose-mounted (36 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg)

Usage in battles

The LaGG-3-34 is very powerful against attacker/bomber aircraft, and though the NS-37 isn't the most accurate, they are large targets you can usually take them out with relative ease. As such it is best to stay at high altitudes in order to dive on enemy bombers. The NS-37 is the same cannon as in the Yak-9T, so players experienced with that aircraft will feel right at home in this aircraft. The LaGG-3-34 can also provide ground support when equipped with AP rounds, although the slight inaccuracy with the cannon can make it difficult at long ranges against tanks.

The Berezin 12.7 mm machine should really always have Air target rounds since it's not very useful when attacking ground targets. Even then it's best used to line up shots for the NS-37: fire a few bursts with just the 12.7 mm until you hit the target, then shoot one or two rounds of 37 mm. This should be all you need to bring down an aircraft at your battle rating.

One interesting effect of this plane is that many enemies will try to head-on you since they will not recognize the aircraft tag and confuse it with a LaGG-3-35. These battles are easily winnable with the 37 mm cannon, as it has the ability to one-shot enemy fighters.

Specific enemies worth noting

Due to the added weight of the large cannon, this plane has excellent energy retention in the vertical but quickly bleeds it while turn fighting. It struggles to keep pace after it loses speed, so players must be wary of any engagements that take place in the horizontal. Many American aircraft at this tier have the ability to out-turn you with flaps, so remain vigilant and do not be lulled into lower altitudes. German and Italian fighters will outperform you at altitude, so it is best to engage them at some distance with the 37 mm.

Counter-tactics

Many people will head-on this aircraft if you use it as a fighter instead of an interceptor. Fire off a few shots with the 37 at .6 km, and then pull up or down to avoid their fire. Any damage to your engine can be fatal, as the glide characteristics of this modification of the LaGG are not very good. Bombers are weary of all aircraft approaching them. As such, coming from directly behind is not advisable. Blasting a wingtip off of a bomber from above is an excellent way to avoid being hit by most gunners.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

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

Pros:

  • Very large gun for rank
  • NS-37 gets HEF-I rounds
  • Can be considered manoeuvrable
  • Has access to 36 shells for the 37 mm gun

Cons:

  • NS-37 isn't very accurate
  • Low ammo count for the Berezin 12.7 mm machine gun
  • Poor cockpit rear view
  • Gets outmanoeuvred by British/Japanese and in some cases American planes

History

These planes were used during the battle of Stalingrad with great success against enemy bombers. However, recoil and centre of gravity issues plagued the plane, and the extra weight caused them to suffer from worse performance than other LaGG-3s, which were already somewhat underpowered. The fact that the Il-2s were considered just as effective against ground targets, and the test flight of the Yak-9T which proved a much better platform for the NS-37 gun, spelt the end to this variant of the LaGG-3 with only 40 being produced.

In-game description

In as early as 1940, M.I. Gudkov had the idea of installing large-caliber cannons on the LaGG-3 in order to combat enemy armored vehicles. In the spring of 1941, Y.G. Taubin and B.G. Shpitalny began to develop a model of the fighter equipped with 37 mm cannons.

But development was put toward an anti-tank model of the LaGG-3 (the series 34) with the Nudelman-Suranov NS-37 engine-mounted 37 mm cannon. The NS-37 cannon was installed in the cavity between the engine cylinders instead of the 20 mm ShVAK cannon. The NS-37 cannon's barrel extended significantly beyond the propeller spinner, and was installed in place of the propeller's lengthened hollow shaft with a ratchet.

This meant that the plane's armament consisted of a 37 mm Nudelman-Suranov NS-37 cannon with 12 shells and a 12.7 mm synchronized Berezina UBS machine gun with 200 rounds, installed in the nose section of the fuselage above the engine and to the left.

Wing-mounted bomb racks were not installed. Automatic slats were installed on the wing panels to improve the plane's runway characteristics and maneuverability at low flight speeds.

The anti-tank LaGG-3 with its NS-37 cannon successfully passed state testing, but it took until 30 December 1942 for the military to adopt the cannon itself. Nonetheless, aircraft plant No. 31 in Tbilisi produced the LaGG-3 Series 34 in the autumn of 1942. According to various estimates, between 40 and 65 LaGG-3 Series 34 planes were built.

Planes of this model saw successful use in combat at Stalingrad. Firing from the 37 mm cannon did not shake the plane, and accordingly, did not affect firing accuracy, which was particularly important in battles against armored vehicles.

But the 37 mm NS-37 cannon significantly increased the plane's weight and affected its center of gravity, which seriously reduced its flight characteristics. In addition, the plane's structure poorly withstood the cannon's strong recoil. Further production of this model was stopped in connection with the unacceptable drop in its flight characteristics.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Obtainable events

  • The LaGG-3-34 was obtainable via a pack from the Gaijin Store but has been removed as of recent, making the LaGG-3-34 unobtainable to new players.

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.


Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov (Лавочкин-Горбунов-Гудков)
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