Yak-23

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Yak-23
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GarageImage Yak-23.jpg
Yak-23
AB RB SB
8.3 8.7 7.7
Research:130 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:370 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Yak-23 is a rank V Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB), 8.7 (RB), and 7.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

The Yak-23 is a single-engined jet fighter initially designed to intercept high altitude, long range bombers such as the B-29.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 0 m929 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude14 500 m
EngineKlimov RD-500
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight4 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 915 904 14500 19.2 19.9 37.7 36.5 650
Upgraded 939 929 18.8 19.0 52.8 45.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1000 350 N/A N/A 320 ~11 ~8
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 450 < 420 < 500 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Klimov RD-500 1 2,110 kg 208 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 9m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel
567 kg Centrifugal-flow turbojet 2,341 kg 2,608 kg 2,851 kg 3,590 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (112%)
Condition 100% 112% 9m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel MTOW
Stationary 1,367 kgf 1,519 kgf 0.65 0.58 0.53 0.42
Optimal 1,367 kgf
(0 km/h)
1,519 kgf
(0 km/h)
0.65 0.58 0.53 0.42

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 000 km/h
Gear350 km/h
  • 57 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 8 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB6 500 → 8 196 Sl icon.png
RB22 000 → 27 742 Sl icon.png
SB18 920 → 23 858 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications112 000 Rp icon.png
178 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training110 000 Sl icon.png
Experts370 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 370 / 450 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
ns23_belt_pack
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods weapon.png
ns23_new_gun
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon
Ammunition180 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: NR-23 (23 mm)

The Yak-23 is armed with:

  • 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, nose-mounted (90 rpg = 180 total)

Usage in battles

The Yak-23 has an extremely light airframe and relatively powerful jet which gives it an enormous thrust-to-weight ratio, making it one of the best accelerating (and climbing) jets in War Thunder. The Yak-23 is not only a good bomber hunter but also an excellent fighter. Almost no jet can accelerate better than the Yak-23 below 800 km/h and no jet in the Yak-23's BR bracket can compete with its climb rate unless it has a massive energy advantage. This gives the Yak-23 a huge advantage over the vast majority of opponents it meets. The Yak-23 cannot carry any ordnance and is thus purely subjugated to fighter duties and should be used accordingly.

Combat tactics

Always take minimum fuel (9 min) as fuel forms a significant part of the Yak-23's mass. An important fuel load will severely dampen the Yak-23's performance. Ammo is limited enough as it is so extra fuel should not be necessary anyway.

The Yak-23 should fight in the vertical and utilize its excellent manoeuvrability to take careful shots and stay out of the line of fire of enemy guns. Energy-conserving chandelles and stalls are by far the most effective tactics to utilize as they best use the Yak-23's insane acceleration and climb rate while depleting your enemy's energy.

The G.91 is by far the greatest threat to the Yak-23, as it is a small target, faster, and has high-velocity quick-firing Browning M3 machine guns that will make quick work of the Yak-23. That, combined with its excellent roll rate makes it exceedingly difficult to hit with the low-velocity 23 mm cannons mounted on the Yak-23.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Acceleration below 800 km/h and climb rate unrivalled by anything but rocket-powered aircraft
  • Excellent manoeuvrability

Cons:

  • Plane wobbles badly while manoeuvring beyond 700 km/h
  • 23 mm guns with low muzzle velocity and low fire rate tend to spark
  • Small ammunition pool

History

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Media

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Videos

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


A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Fighters 
Yak-1  Yak-1 · Yak-1B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U
Yak-7  Yak-7B
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Yak-9K · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9P · Yak-9T · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT
Twin-engine fighters  I-29
Jet fighters 
Yak-15  Yak-15P · Yak-15
Yak-17  Yak-17
Yak-23  Yak-23
Yak-30  Yak-30
Strike aircraft 
Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB
Yak-38  Yak-38 · Yak-38M
Bombers  Yak-4
Jet bombers  Yak-28B
Foreign use  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T
Captured  ▀Yak-1B

USSR jet aircraft
Bereznyak-Isayev  BI
Yakovlev  Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-28B · Yak-30 · Yak-38 · Yak-38M
Mikoyan-Gurevich  MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l) · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17 · MiG-17AS · MiG-19PT
  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21PFM · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis · MiG-23M · MiG-23MLD · MiG-27M
Lavochkin  La-174 · La-15 · La-200
Sukhoi  Su-9 · Su-11 · Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-7BMK · Su-17M2
Ilyushin  IL-28 · IL-28Sh
Tupolev  Tu-14T