Q-5 early

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Q-5 early
General characteristics
1 personCrew
11.8 tTake-off weight
5.93 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
0 mCeiling
2 х Shenyang Liming WP-6Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1260 km/hStructural
577 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 23 mm cannon Type 23-2KWeapon 1
240 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 500 kg Type 250-2 bombSetup 1
14 x Type 90-1 HEAT rocketsSetup 2
4 x 500 kg Type 250-2 bomb
14 x Type 90-1 HEAT rockets
Setup 3
390000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1000000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png40370 / 54015/5540 / 7412/7830 / 10476Repair
290000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1000000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2400 Ge icon.pngAces
220 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
660 % Sl icon.png220 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Q-5 early.jpg

The Q-5 early is a rank VI Chinese jet fighter with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB) and 10.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update "Raining Fire".

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 7,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,307 1,302 0 24.4 25.1 140.0 130.8 1,000
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._


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 + -
1260 577 ___ ___ ___ ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< ___ < ___ < ___ N/A

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.


Offensive armament

Main article: Type 23-2K (23 mm)

The Q-5 early is armed with:

  • 2 x 23 mm Type 23-2K cannons, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)

Suspended armament

The Q-5 early can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 500 kg Type 250-2 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 14 x Type 90-1 rockets
  • 4 x 500 kg Type 250-2 bombs + 14 x Type 90-1 rockets (2,000 kg total)

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Compressor Offensive 23 mm
II New boosters Airframe Type 250
III Wings repair New 23 mm cannons
IV G-suit Engine Cover HF-6

Pros and cons


  • High acceleration
  • Decent climb rate
  • Decent top speed at sea level
  • Fantastic energy retention
  • Good ammunition stock
  • The 23 mm cannons can make quick work of enemy aircraft
  • Good sustained maneuverability; can out-turn F-4 Phantoms and keep up with MiG-21s
  • Well-placed cannons; in the wing roots


  • Gun-fighter only, no missiles despite high rank placement
  • Average roll rate
  • Tail locks up at high speeds
  • Easily beaten in maneuverability by aircraft such as the Mirage, Draken and MiG-19
  • The 23 mm cannons sometimes fall short in damage
  • New players may experience difficulty with aiming the 23 mm cannons of such type (found also on the MiG-15bis and MiG-17)


Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Vehicle-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under === In-game description ===, also if applicable).


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

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

China jet aircraft
Fighters  J-2 · J-4 · Shenyang F-5 · Q-5 early · J-6A · J-7II
Bombers  H-5
American  ␗F-84G-21-RE · ␗F-86F-30 · ␗F-86F-40 · ␗F-100A · ␗F-104A · ␗F-104G
Soviet  ␗MiG-9 · ␗MiG-9 (l)