Lightning F.53

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This page is about the premium gift British jet fighter Lightning F.53. For the regular version, see Lightning F.6.
Lightning F.53
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The Lightning F.53 is a premium gift rank VI British jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/RB) and 9.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update "Danger Zone" as a premium pack but was removed from the Gaijin store after the 2022 "Winter sale". It was briefly made available for purchase with Golden Eagles Ge icon.png for the 2023 anniversary of its first flight.

The Lightning F.53 is an export variant of the Lightning F.6 which was used by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and the Kuwait Air Force (with the in-game vehicle representing a RSAF Lightning). The main difference between the Lightning F.53 and the standard F.6 version is that the F.53 can carry a selection of ground attack ordnance (bombs and rockets). The Lightning F.53 retains the stacked engines and side-mounted missiles, while adding to the list of unusual design choices with the unique ability to carry ordnance on top of the wings; something very few other aircraft were designed to do (the Jaguar GR.1A being a notable one).

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 12 192 m2 290 km/h
Turn time26 s
Max altitude16 000 m
Engine2 х Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.302
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight19 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 12,192 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 2,240 2,213 16000 22.8 28.0 124.6 115.4 850
Upgraded 2,353 2,290 24.4 26.0 177.8 150.0


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 + -
1361 463 N/A 654 463 ~10 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 850 < 700 < 700 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.302 2 14,020 kg 436 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 6m fuel 20m fuel 22m fuel
1,310 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 15,382 kg 18,109 kg 18,559 kg 19,000 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 6m fuel 20m fuel 22m fuel MTOW
Stationary 5,616 kgf 7,413 kgf 0.96 0.82 0.80 0.78
Optimal 5,616 kgf
(0 km/h)
7,747 kgf
(1,000 km/h)
1.01 0.86 0.83 0.82

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 361 km/h
Gear463 km/h

The Lightning F.53 has an identical internal layout to the Lightning F.6 upon which it is based. This means that most of the area in the wings is full of fuel tanks; likewise the stacked and staggered engines are retained. While the top engine is exposed and vulnerable to enemy attacks it can often absorb bullets, protecting the lower engine from damage (assuming the enemy is attacking you from the rear and above).

Where the Lightning F.53 does differ from the Lightning F.6 is in the addition of a 64 mm bulletproof glass windscreen. This is the only armour found on either aircraft.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 142 Sl icon.png
RB5 378 Sl icon.png
SB6 799 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 010 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces2 020 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 130 / 380 / 600 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Mods jet compressor.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Mods jet engine.png
Mods g suit.png
Mods armor frame.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
Mods armor cover.png
Mods ammo.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
Matra SNEB
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk.N1 540lb
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods air to air missile.png
Red Top
Mods weapon.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
Matra JL-100R
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk.10 1000lb


Offensive armament

Main article: ADEN (30 mm)

The Lightning F.53 is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm ADEN cannons, belly-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)

Suspended armament

Main articles: Firestreak, Red Top

The Lightning F.53 can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • Without load
  • 2 x Firestreak missiles
  • 2 x Red Top missiles
  • 4 x 540 lb Mk.M2 bombs (2,160 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb L.D H.E. M.C. Mk.1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 144 x SNEB type 23 rockets + 48 x RN rockets
  • 144 x SNEB type 23 rockets + 2 x Firestreak missiles
  • 2 x Firestreak missiles + 4 x 540 lb Mk.M2 bombs (2,160 lb total)
  • 2 x Red Top missiles + 144 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 2 x Red Top missiles + 4 x 540 lb Mk.M2 bombs (2,160 lb total)

Custom loadout options

1 2 3 4 5
Hardpoints Lightning F.53.png
540 lb Mk.M2 bombs 1, 2 1, 2
1,000 lb L.D H.E. M.C. Mk.1 bombs 1 1
RN rockets 48
SNEB type 23 rockets 18, 36 36 36 18, 36
Firestreak missiles 2
Red Top missiles 2
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 450 kg

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Good climb rate and acceleration.
  • Formidable angle-of-attack above low speeds.
  • Very powerful cannons, and good missiles.
  • Surprisingly good turn rate between 800 and 1,000 km/h IAS.
  • Large rocket payload.


  • Quite poor energy retention.
  • Large target for enemy aircraft.
  • Awkward under-belly cannon placement.
  • Relatively low top speed (1,280 km/h IAS at sea level).
  • Poor low-speed manoeuvrability - accurate low-speed usage of rockets against ground targets is difficult.


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See also

External links

The English Electric Company Limited
Jet Fighters  Lightning F.6 · Lightning F.53
Jet Bombers  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
Tanks  Excelsior
  The English Electric Company allowed the Glenn L. Martin Company to license-build Canberra bombers for the United States Air Force.

Britain jet aircraft
Blackburn  Buccaneer S.1 · Buccaneer S.2
British Aerospace  Harrier GR.7 · Sea Harrier FRS.1 (e) · Sea Harrier FRS.1
British Aircraft Corporation  Strikemaster Mk.88
English Electric  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6 · Lightning F.6 · Lightning F.53
Gloster  Meteor F Mk 3 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper
  Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9
de Havilland  Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4 · Sea Venom FAW 20 · Sea Vixen F.A.W. Mk.2
Hawker  Sea Hawk FGA.6 · Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9 · Harrier GR.1 · Harrier GR.3
Panavia  Tornado GR.1 · Tornado F.3
SEPECAT  Jaguar GR.1 · Jaguar GR.1A
Supermarine  Attacker FB 1 · Attacker FB.2 · Scimitar F Mk.1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Foreign  Phantom FG.1 (USA) · Phantom FGR.2 (USA) · F-4J(UK) Phantom II (USA)

Britain premium aircraft
Fighters  Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II · ▄D.520
  ▄Martlet Mk IV · ▄Corsair F Mk II · ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Thunderbolt Mk.1 · ▄Mustang Mk IA
  Hurricane Mk.I/L FAA M · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe
  Typhoon Mk Ib · MB.5
Twin-engine fighters  Hornet Mk.I · Whirlwind P.9
Jet fighters  Attacker FB.2 · Hunter FGA.9 · Lightning F.53 · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper · Sea Vixen F.A.W. Mk.2 · F-4J(UK) Phantom II
Strike aircraft  ▄Wirraway · Beaufighter Mk I (40-mm) · Wyvern S4
  Harrier GR.1 · Strikemaster Mk.88
Bombers  ▄Avenger Mk II · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · ▄DB-7 · ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Hudson Mk V · Swordfish Mk II