The Yak-23 is a rank V Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB), 8.3 (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.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|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|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 450||< 420||< 500||N/A|
|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 (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|
|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
| 1,519 kgf
Survivability and armour
- 57 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
- 8 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
Modifications and economy
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 ordinance 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
- Acceleration below 800 km/h and climb rate unrivaled by anything but rocket-powered aircraft
- Excellent manoeuvrability
- 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
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|A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)|
|Yak-1||Yak-1 · Yak-1B|
|Yak-2||Yak-2 KABB · I-29|
|Yak-3||Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)|
|Yak-9||Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Yak-9K · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9P · Yak-9T · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT|
|Jet Fighters||Yak-15P · Yak-15 · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30 · Yak-38 · Yak-38M|
|Foreign Use||▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T|
|USSR jet aircraft|
|Yakovlev||Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · 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|
|Lavochkin||La-174 · La-15 · La-200|
|Sukhoi||Su-9 · Su-11 · Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-17M2|
|Ilyushin||IL-28 · IL-28Sh|