The Yak-23 is a Rank V Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/SB) and 8.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".
The Yak-23 is a Soviet single-engined jet fighter initially designed to intercept high altitude, long range bombers such as the B-29. As such, it has an extremely light airframe and relatively powerful jet which gives it an enormous thrust-to-weight ratio, making it one of the best climbing/accelerating jets in War Thunder.
Conversely however, the Yak-23 is not only a good bomber hunter but also an excellent fighter. No jet can accelerate with the Yak-23 below 800 kph and no jet in the Yak-23's BR bracket can climb with it unless it has a massive energy advantage; thus, the Yak-23 has full reign over the vast majority of opponents it meets.
The Yak-23 cannot carry any ordinance and is thus subjugated to purely fighter duties. However, it is by far the strongest fighter/bomber interceptor at its BR, and should be used accordingly.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 450||< 420||< 500||> ???|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|0 m||1550 kgf||No WEP|
Survivability and armour
- 57 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
- 8 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
- Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
The Yak-23 is armed with:
- 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, nose-mounted (90 rpg = 180 total)
Usage in battles
Light airframe + powerful engine = Yak-23. The Yak-23 is similar to a jet Yak-3 in that it has a ridiculous >.5 thrust-to-weight ratio.
On that note, always take minimum fuel (9 min). Fuel forms a significant part of the Yak-23's mass and high fuel loads and fuel loads greater than min. fuel will severely dampen the Yak-23's performance. Ammo is limited enough as it is so extra fuel should not be necessary anyway.
One should fight purely in the vertical and utilize the Yak-23's excellent maneuverability to take careful shots and stay out of the line 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.
The G91 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 mounted on the Yak-23.
|I||Fuselage Repair||Offensive 23 mm|
|III||Wings Repair||New 23 mm Cannons|
Pros and cons
- Climb rate unrivaled by anything except rocket-powered aircraft
- Acceleration at <800 kph unrivaled by anything except rocket-powered aircraft
- Guns are excellent when they work
- Excellent maneuverability
- Plane wobbles badly while maneuvering above 700 kph
- Sparkle-guns with low velocity and fire rate
- Small ammunition pool
- Stealth belt is entirely composed of AP rounds
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|Yakovlev||Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30|
|Mikoyan-Gurevich||MiG-9 · MiG-9 /Late · MiG-15bis · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17 · MiG-19PT|
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