|This page is about the Soviet jet fighter MiG-19PT. For other versions, see MiG-19 (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The MiG-19PT is a rank VI Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic" and was one of the first three jets to feature guided air-to-air missiles, the other two being the F-100D and the Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9.
The main advantages of the MiG-19PT are its exceptional acceleration, great energy retention in a straight line and the very strong climb rate. Aside from the top speed, the aircraft has the raw performance to at least keep up with more modern jets.
However, the plane is weighed down by its somewhat inferior manoeuvring energy retention, bad low speed manoeuvrability and poor high speed handling. Compression at high Mach numbers slows the roll rate significantly and makes the rudder nearly entirely unresponsive, though MiG-19PT generally has a very responsive elevator. Despite how the acceleration can make up for it, be careful not to turn excessively, as that will bleed much speed due to the poor manoeuvring energy retention.
The performance of the plane doesn't suffer too much when it's stock. It can still out accelerate Phantoms and climb from sea level at 1100km/h up to 10km in a single zoom climb without any modifications.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 10,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|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|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 540||< 650||< 350||N/A|
|Engine name||Number||Empty mass||Wing loading (full fuel)|
|Mikulin RD-9B||2||5,447 kg||301 kg/m2|
|Engine characteristics||Mass with fuel (no weapons load)|| Max Takeoff|
|Weight (each)||Type||7m fuel||20m fuel||23m fuel|
|725 kg||Afterburning axial-flow turbojet||6,311 kg||7,328 kg||7,563 kg||9,100 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||7m fuel||20m fuel||23m fuel||MTOW|
|Stationary||2,296 kgf||3,215 kgf||1.02||0.88||0.85||0.71|
|Optimal|| 2,320 kgf
| 3,248 kgf
Survivability and armour
- 16 mm steel behind the radar
- 60 mm bulletproof glass in front of the cockpit
- 10 mm of steel on the pilot's seat
- 25 mm of steel on headrest
The MiG-19, like most jets, cannot fly well with damage. However, the wing spars can be somewhat tanky, able to absorb several 20 mms or 12.7 mm rounds, perhaps allowing you to return to the airfield safely to repair. One benefit of the MiG is that the elevators are separate to each other in the damage model, and therefore a hit to the tail causing an elevator loss isn't the end of the world, since the remaining one is good enough to continue the fight. The elevators can also act as damage absorbers, taking the brunt of otherwise lethal damage. Occasionally, you may find that a missile has struck the plane, blowing off an elevator but leaving the plane still flyable. Another point to note is that loss of oil in either engine will rapidly cause engine failure, so it is best to return to base ASAP when damaged.
Modifications and economy
The MiG-19PT is armed with:
- 2 x 30 mm NR-30 cannons, wing-mounted (70 rpg = 140 total)
The MiG-19 carries two 30 mm NR-30 cannons, mounted in the wing roots. Each gun has 70 rounds of ammunition, making a total of 140 rounds. The NR-30 cannons are very fast firing so this is not much ammo, and you can't afford to spray. The guns however are extremely powerful, and only a couple of rounds hitting an enemy aircraft will severely cripple them, if not outright destroy them. The shell velocity is very high and you don't need much lead to hit a target.
The recommended belts for this aircraft are Ground Targets, they're more reliable than the Air Target belts and tend to take off wings and large sections, and destroy engines with one hit, in comparison to the air target belts which tend to spark or just damage external modules. The ground belts contain APHE rounds with 60 mm of penetration, but it is not really worth going for ground targets as the limited ammunition and high speed of the aircraft makes it very difficult to hit or destroy anything.
The MiG-19PT can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 2 x R-3S missiles
- 2 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (200 kg total)
- 2 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs (500 kg total)
- 16 x S-5K rockets
- 32 x S-5K rockets
The MiG-19PT can carry two heat seeking R-3S air to air missiles on under-wing pylons. The missiles have a 10G overload with 8.8 kg TNT explosive equivalent, which is enough to nearly guarantee a downed enemy aircraft if they hit. They travel at a speed of 1,000 m/s which is average for air to air missiles. The ideal use-case for the missiles is for a very low-speed or distracted enemy, as it is very easy to dodge an R3S.
Don't try to fire the missile in any sort of turn, as the missiles cannot fire if you're pulling more than 2Gs. Since the missiles are IR guided, try to refrain from firing at a target with friendlies in front of you, as the missile may switch onto a friendly. Enemies flying near the sun are also poor targets. It is not recommended to fire at any target pulling anything more than a light turn, since the missile will just lose track and miss.
Whilst it is possible to lock onto a prop aircraft with the R-3S, you usually have to be at nearly point blank range for the missile to lock on, so you may as well use your guns instead.
Despite the below-average accuracy of the S-5K rockets, these rockets can find success with the speedy characteristics of the MiG-19PT to combat ground vehicles. These rockets are best used in hit-and-run tactics. Half or all of the rockets should be fired in a single volley to increase the chance of a hit, and then return-to-base to rearm. It is recommended to attack at a steep angle so the rockets has a better chance to hit the roof of a tank, which are not well-protected. It is also recommended to engage an attack on the rear of a tank.
The MiG-19PT can be an excellent bomber at low altitudes for its speed allows to escape a 0.5 second time fuze with relative ease at high speeds and possibly avoiding SPAAs at low altitude.
Usage in battles
Since the MiG-19PT has great vertical energy retention and acceleration, you should use this to your advantage. Taking the enemies vertical is the best move as they will quickly lose energy while you can maintain it. The airbrake is also a very effective tool, allowing you to stay behind someone if they try to force you to overshoot and the plane also rolls well enough that you can engage in rolling scissors if need be.
It is recommended to avoid throttling down the engine as it has an extremely long spool time until it produces max thrust and this will let your opponent get away from you while you struggle to accelerate.
The MiG-19PT is equipped with an RP-5 search and tracking radar. One radar antenna is located in the centre of the air intake, while the other (and the main body of the radar) is located in the nose of the aircraft, above the intake.
|RP-5 - Target Detection Radar|
|12,000 m||8,000 m||±60°||±40°|
|RP-5 - Target Tracking Radar|
|4,500 m||100 m||±7°||±7°|
Pros and cons
- Incredibly high rate of climb
- Hard-hitting guns, low recoil effects due to wing root placement
- Great vertical energy retention
- Roll rate superior to the MiG-17
- Incredible acceleration from 600-900 km/h, so it is able to regain energy very fast
- Has a target detection and tracking radar
- Decent manoeuvrability
- Compresses badly
- Will be outrun by 10.7s easily
- Wings can rip when rolling and turning at high speed
- Only 2 rather underwhelming air-to-air missiles
- Poor low-speed manoeuvrability
- Engines are huge; can be easily disabled by enemy fire
- Radar suite is not as good as the one fitted on the Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9 and Mitsubishi T-2
- No countermeasures or RWR
- Low ammo count
After taking its first flight in 1954, the MiG-19 became a worldwide sensation – it was the first mass-produced aircraft capable of breaking the sound barrier in horizontal flight after taking off from the ground. Although it was the most advanced combat aircraft of its day, the MiG-19 also had certain problems with maneuverability, and certain other improvements also took shape that were then used in the upgraded versions of the MiG-19. The fighter received an all-movable stabilizer that significantly improved its flight characteristics, enhanced control and braking systems, and new, more powerful 30mm guns instead of 23mm guns. One of the most interesting modifications was the MiG-19PT fighter-interceptor, which was developed especially for the installation of K-13 (P-3C) air-to-air missiles. This missile was strongly influenced by the extremely successful American Sidewinder, models of which the Soviet Union received from China. The MiG-19PT's flight tests were successfully completed in 1964. The K-13 missile was then used on an entire series of combat aircraft and remained in active use until the end of the 80s. The MiG-19 itself was modernized several times and participated in many armed conflicts. Over 2,000 MiG-19s were manufactured in the USSR, and even more MiGs were manufactured in China: over 4,500 units.
- From Devblog
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