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This page is about the Soviet fighter Yak-3T. For other versions, see Yak-3 (Family).
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The Yak-3T is a premium gift rank IV Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB), 5.0 (RB), and 5.7 (SB). It was introduced during Update 1.67 "Assault" as a reward for the 2017 War Thunder Chronicles event.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 200 m642 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude10 400 m
EngineKlimov VK-105PF2
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,200 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 625 606 10400 19.8 20.5 17.8 17.8 360
Upgraded 666 646 18.4 18.9 23.9 21.1


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
685 320 N/A N/A 320 ~12 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 420 < 490 > 340

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 64 mm bulletproof glass - Behind pilot

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 395 Sl icon.png
RB4 937 Sl icon.png
SB9 490 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts250 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces870 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 90 / 230 / 410 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Mods radiator.png
Mods compressor.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Mods new engine.png
Mods oil.png
100 octane fuel usage
Mods armor frame.png
Mods armor cover.png
Mods ammo.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
Mods ammo.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png


Offensive armament

Ammunition25 rounds
Fire rate400 shots/min
Weapon 22 x 20 mm B-20S cannon
Ammunition200 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main articles: N-37 (37 mm), B-20S (20 mm)

The Yak-3T is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm N-37 cannon, nose-mounted (25 rpg)
  • 2 x 20 mm B-20S cannons, nose-mounted (100 rpg = 200 total)

The Yak-3T's armament is similar to that of the Yak-9P, but is unable to change out the N-37 for a B-20M or NS-23 and has a lower rpg than the Yak-9P. The B-20S has a faster fire rate than other Russian 20s, so it requires a bit more patience and less trigger time, but are devastating when they hit. However, players will soon realize that the velocity of these guns leave much to be desired, so engaging aircraft in distances at or closer to 600m is recommended, given their poor ballistics.

The best belt for the B-20S is the Tracers belt, which is fully FI-T. These belts are able to destroy enemy aircraft with ease, but are able to be seen fairly easily, as they are tracer belts. The N-37 belts are a bit more difficult, the Default and Armored Target belts have full tracers on their belts, whereas the Air Targets belt has one tracer every three rounds. If you want the best of both worlds, go with Default, as it has HEFI-T, HEFI-T, API-T, which is best for all round usage.

Usage in battles

The Yak-3T has the performance of the Yak-3T and the weapons of the Yak-9P but with a slightly smaller ammunition pool. As such, it should be flown as a Yak-3P, prioritizing engagements below 3000m with enemies at similar or lower energy states. Engagements with unoccupied A6M/A7Ms and Spitfires is inadvisable, as they have a better climb rate, better turn radius, and great performance at the same altitudes you do.

If Manual Engine Controls (MEC) are enabled, placing the Water and Oil Radiators at 10-15% (5% on winter maps) and Propeller Pitch at 90% is advisable, given the Yak-3 series are less prone to overheating. From takeoff, gain airspeed to roughly 350kph IAS and climb at 20° until around 2500m, then change to Supercharger 2, levelling off at 3000m to 3500m. German, Japanese, and some American interceptors (P-38/XP-50) will have climbed at or higher than you, so keep an eye out for contrails.

The Yak-3Ts fantastic armament of the 2x 20mm B-20S and 1x 37mm N-37 are able to destroy enemy fighter aircraft with ease, but also allow the Yak-3T have the ability of bomber hunting, though inadvisable given the Yaks inadequate performance above 4000m.

Engaging fighters

If an enemy aircraft is higher than you, be prepared to dive as to get the best of the Yak-3s maneuverability, which is at around 550-600kph IAS. The Yak-3T has a great roll rate, which allows it to quickly move out of the way of where the enemy fighter would be aiming. With most American aircraft, a simple roll is enough to get them to overshoot, after which a few well placed shots can destroy or critically damage their aircraft. If your shots do not hit, level off and wait for them to finish their climb and reset for another pass.

If at a similar altitude with another aircraft, emphasize on horizontal turning engagements, as the Yak-3T does poorly in vertical engagements except with few exceptions. If engaging a Japanese or British aircraft, such as the A6M, A7M, or Spitfire, do not try to turn fight with these aircraft, instead extend out and keep your airspeed up. If engaging German or American aircraft, such as the Bf 109, Fw 190, P-51, or P-47, it's recommended to prioritize horizontal engagements and not to let them get onto your rear.

Bombing hunting

As before said, the Yak-3T boasts an armament that is great for engaging bombers. Flying to the bomber's altitude is possible, but is time consuming and has a negative effect on the Yak-3Ts engine power. Instead, fly so that you're around 1.5km below the bomber in level flight, where the gunners are weakest and have the hardest time aiming. The velocity of your guns is poor, so it is necessary to lead a bit farther than to be expected. Aim for the bomber's more vital or fragile areas, such as their wings, engines, tail, or cockpit if at all possible.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Great armament of 2x 20mm and 1x 37mm
  • Great engine performance below 3000m
  • Light airframe - good for dogfighting most aircraft
  • Increased SL and RP rewards
  • Low stall speed compared to most aircraft that will be found in the BR
  • Good acceleration
  • One of the faster aircraft in the BR bracket
  • Fantastic roll rate
  • Good energy retention


  • Low ammo count for all three weapons, 25rpg for the N-37 and 100rpg for the B-20S
  • Poor performance above 3500m, inadvisable to dogfight above or at altitude
  • Prone to catching on fire
  • No WEP
  • Low top speed (685kph)
  • The N-37 and B-20S have low velocities compared to other Russian 20mms, making aiming difficult to inexperienced pilots


The idea to produce a new fighter for the Red Army Air Force went as far back as 1941. It was then that the Yakovlev Design Bureau presented the I-30 prototype, intended an alternative to the earlier Yak-1 design. However, the German invasion of the USSR, as well as aluminium shortages, meant that the project had to be put on hold. Yakovlev resumed the development in 1943 while working on an upgraded version of the Yak-1 fighter. This time, it was decided that a new aircraft should be produced to completely replace the Yak-1 and Yak-7 models.

By September 1943, yet another improved variant was ready, designated Yak-1M Dubler, on which the canvas skin on the tail section was replaced with 2mm plywood, and oil and water radiators were improved. The Dubler also had a new mastless antenna, a ring sight instead of a reflector sight, improved armour and a new propeller. Test pilots were impressed by the new prototype. Their report stated in part: "Yak-1M possessed excellent horizontal, and especially vertical, manoeuvrability. Top speed greatly improved compared to earlier serial-production Yaks. Despite the improved performance, the aircraft remains easy to fly and does not require extensive pilot training."

The new machine was dubbed as the Yak-3 and entered service with the Red Army Air Force in 1944. The Yak-3 was a further modification of the Yak-1, produced in 1944 and 1945, with a total of 4,848 built, and considered one of the best fighters of the war.

The new fighter quickly became very popular with Soviet pilots. They highly praised its solid armament of two Berezin UBS 12.7 mm machine guns and one ShVAK 20 mm cannon as well as ease of piloting and superb low-altitude performance. Marcel Albert, the top scoring French ace of World War II, cited the Yak-3 as one of the best fighters of the war, along with the P-51 Mustang and the Supermarine Spitfire. After the war, the Yak-3 was also used by the Air Forces of Socialist Yugoslavia and Poland.[1]

The Yak-3P was produced from April 1945 until mid-1946, armed with 3 x 20 mm Berezin B-20 cannon with 120 rounds for the middle cannon and 130 RPG for the side weapons. The three-cannon armament with full ammunition load was actually 11 kg (24 lb) lighter than that of a standard Yak-3, and the one-second burst mass of 3.52 kg (7.74 lb) was greater than that of most contemporary fighters. Starting in August 1945, all Yak-3 were produced in the Yak-3P configuration with a total of 596 built.



See also

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

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External links


A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Yak-1  Yak-1 · Yak-1B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Eremin's Yak-3(e) · 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-30D
Yak-141  Yak-141
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 · ◔Yak-9P
Captured  ▀Yak-1B

USSR fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15 M-25 · I-15bis · Krasnolutsky's I-15bis
  I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28 · I-180S
I-29  I-29
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
ITP  ITP (M-1)
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Yak-1/7  Yak-1 · Yak-1B · Yak-7B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Eremin's Yak-3(e) · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
Other countries  ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc
P-39  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
P-63  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5

USSR premium aircraft
Fighters  Krasnolutsky's I-15bis · I-16 type 28 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P · I-180S · I-301 · ITP (M-1)
  LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-11
  Eremin's Yak-3(e) · Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3T · Golovachev's Yak-9M
  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5
  ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc · ▂Fw 190 D-9
Twin-engine fighters  I-29
Jet fighters  Su-11 · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17AS · MiG-21S (R-13-300) · MiG-23ML
Strike aircraft  IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2 M-82 · IL-8 (1944) · Su-6 · Tandem MAI · TIS MA · Su-8 · Tu-1
  Yak-38 · Su-7BMK · Su-25K · Su-39
Bombers  Po-2M · Be-6 · MBR-2-M-34 · Pe-2-205 · TB-3M-17-32
  ▂PBY-5A Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂A-20G-30 · ▂B-25J-30