The Ya-5M is a premium gift rank I Soviet motor gun boat with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.83 "Masters of the Sea" as a reward during War Thunder's 6th anniversary, War Thunder's 7th anniversary, and War Thunder's 10th Anniversary.
Survivability and armour
The Ya-5M has no armour protection. Its hull is made out of 4 mm steel and its superstructure is made out of 15 mm thick wood. The crew consists of 10 people, therefore it is very vulnerable. The ship is quite prone to ammo rack detonation because its rocket launcher sits on the deck and the second ammo rack is pretty big and located above the waterline. The ship's third ammo rack is located below waterline and is therefore protected by water. The engine compartment is big and takes shots easily. The engine is located between the fuel tanks in the middle of the ship.
The Ya-5M is quite slow to accelerate. It reaches 44 km/h forwards and -18 km/h backwards (33 km/h and -13 km/h in RB). The Ya-5M does not have a very good speed, but it performs well in a turn.
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Modifications and economy
The primary armament of the Ya-5M consists of two 12.7 mm DSHK machine guns (the first turret mounted above the wheelhouse and the second in an aft pintle). These guns are known for their fast fire rate and decent armour penetration at their rank, on the Ya-5M however, one must turn the ship slightly broadside to enable the usage of both guns at once, this can present a problem while aiming the rockets.
APIT belts are suggested as they contain both HE and AP mixed to maximize damage output against all possible targets.
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- 12.7 mm APIT belts: · · ·
|Ammunition||Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
The Ya-5M comes armed with 24 M-8 rockets and one full reload. These rockets are decent area-denial light artillery weapons, but suffer from terrible accuracy beyond 100 m due to conditions at sea. It is recommended to fire these rockets in 4-5 burst salvoes to offset the lack of precision.
Usage in battles
The Ya-5M is a lightly-armoured patrol boat useful for close combat. Its 2 x 12.7 mm DShK machine guns are the primary anti-air and naval engagement weapon. The rockets can decimate enemy patrol boats, but their inaccuracy is a downside, especially in choppy waters. The rockets are very ineffective against enemy destroyers, as their armour prevents any real damage. You may only damage exposed compartments, auxiliary weaponry and lightly-armoured gun turrets.
Pros and cons
- Good armaments
- Decent stability and low roll
- Quite slow
- Low accuracy and damage from rockets
- Small crew
- Exposed gun positions
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|Motor torpedo boats||D-3 · G-5 · G-5 (ShVAK) · Pr.123-bis · Pr.123K (A-11) · Pr.123K · Pr.183|
|Motor gun boats||TKA-106 · MO-4 · OD-200 · Pr.183 BM-21 · Ya-5M|
|Motor torpedo gun boats||Pr. 206 · Pr.206-M · MPK Pr.12412 · MPK Pr.12412P|
|Armoured gun boats||BMO · MBK-161 early · MBK-161 late · MBK pr.186 · MBK pr.186 (MK 85) · Pr.1124 early · Pr.1124 late · Pr.1124 MLRS|
|Pr.191 · Pr.191M · Pr.1204 · Pr.1204 late|
|USSR premium ships|
|Motor torpedo boats||G-5 (ShVAK) · Pr.123K (A-11)|
|Motor gun boats||TKA-106 · Pr.183 BM-21 · Ya-5M|
|Motor torpedo gun boats||MPK Pr.12412P|
|Armoured gun boats||MBK-161 early · MBK pr.186 (MK 85) · Pr.1124 MLRS · Pr.1204|
|Destroyers||Kerch · Ryany · Leningrad · Stroyny · Smelyi · Neustrashimy · Blagorodnyy|
|Light cruisers||Kerch · Zheleznyakov|