The Yak-23 is a rank V Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/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 0 m - sea level)
| 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||Wing loading (full fuel)|
|Klimov RD-500||1||2,213 kg||215 kg/m2|
|Engine characteristics||Mass with fuel (no weapons load)|
|Weight (each)||Type||10m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||33m fuel|
|570 kg||Centrifugal-flow turbojet||2,431 kg||2,643 kg||2,857 kg||2,941 kg||2,974 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (112%)|
|Condition||100%||112%||10m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||33m fuel||MGW|
|Stationary||1,367 kgf||1,519 kgf||0.62||0.57||0.53||0.52||0.51|
|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 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
- Acceleration below 800 km/h and climb rate unrivalled 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
- No additional armament or secondary weapons
During early 1947, the Soviet Union wanted a single-seat jet aircraft equipped with an engine produced by Rolls-Royce. The job was given to Soviet aircraft manufacturer Yakovlev and in July 1947, the aircraft was unveiled and flown for the first time. Just as the Yak-15 and the Yak-17, the main fuselage was based on that of the Yak-3, and the Yak-jets along with the SAAB J21R were the only aircraft to be successfully converted to jet fighters from piston-powered props. In 1949, the Yak-23 entered service but was not produced in large scale due to it being inferior of the MiG-15 that had just been mass produced and entered into service. Between 10,000-15,000 MiG-15s of different variants were built, but only around 300 Yak-23s. A few Eastern European countries bought the rights to build their own Yak-23s and some imported them directly from the Soviet Union, but many of them later opted for the MiG-15 due to it simply being better and more effective. The Yak-23 was never used in combat since the MiG-15 entered service as the Korean War broke out. The Soviet Union operated the Yak-23 between 1949 and 1951, when it was retired, and the country that used the aircraft the longest was Romania, who operated their 62 Yak-23s until 1960.
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.
|A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)|
|Yak-1||Yak-1 · Yak-1B|
|Yak-3||Yak-3 · Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U|
|Yak-9||Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Yak-9K · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9P · Yak-9T · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT|
|Yak-15||Yak-15P · Yak-15|
|Yak-38||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-28B · Yak-30D · Yak-38 · Yak-38M · Yak-141|
|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-21S (R-13-300) · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis|
|MiG-23M · MiG-23ML · MiG-23MLD · MiG-27M · MiG-27K|
|MiG-29 · MiG-29SMT|
|Lavochkin||La-174 · La-15 · La-200|
|Sukhoi||Su-9 · Su-11|
|Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-7BMK · Su-17M2 · Su-17M4 · Su-22M3|
|Su-25 · Su-25BM · Su-25K · Su-25T · Su-39|
|Ilyushin||IL-28 · IL-28Sh|