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Rank VI USSR | Premium | Golden Eagles
Su-25K Pack
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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.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull4 mm (steel)
Superstructure15 mm (wood)
Number of section3
Displacement23 t
Crew10 people

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.


Speedforward / back
AB44 / 18 km/h
RB33 / 13 km/h

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.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 44 18
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 33 13

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB131 Sl icon.png
RB282 Sl icon.png
Crew training450 Sl icon.png
Experts3 000 Sl icon.png
Aces45 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 20 / 30 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Damage Control Division
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Fire Division
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New Pumps
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Mods tank ammo.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Artillery Support


Primary armament

2 х Turret12.7 mm DShK machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity50 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 65°
Main article: DShK (12.7 mm)

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.

  • Universal: AP-I · API-T · IAI
  • 12.7 mm HE belts: IAI · IAI · IAI · API-T
  • 12.7 mm APIT belts: API-T · AP-I · IAI · AP-I

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
AP-I 30 29 25 21 18 15
API-T 29 28 24 20 17 14
IAI 3 2 2 2 2 2
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
AP-I 850 0.05 - - - 47° 56° 65°
API-T 850 0.05 - - - 47° 56° 65°
IAI 850 0.05 0 0.1 1.5 47° 56° 65°

Special armament

Turret82 mm M-8 rocket
Ammunition72 rounds
Main article: M-8

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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See also

Links to articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


USSR boats
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
Gunboats  Groza
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
Sub-chasers  MPK Pr.122bis
Frigates  Rosomacha
Destroyers  Kerch · Ryany · Leningrad · Stroyny · Smelyi · Neustrashimy · Blagorodnyy
Light cruisers  Kerch · Zheleznyakov
Battleships  Marat