Yak-3 (VK-107)

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This page is about the Soviet premium fighter Yak-3 (VK-107). For other versions, see Yak-3 (Family).
Yak-3 (VK-107)
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The Yak-3 (VK-107) is a premium rank IV Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB) and 6.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 900 m715 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude10 400 m
EngineKlimov M-107A
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,900 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 694 677 10400 19.6 20.5 19.2 19.2 360
Upgraded 740 719 18.8 18.9 28.2 23.6


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 + -
720 320 N/A N/A 280 ~11 ~8
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 420 < 490 > 400

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear320 km/h
Armour Diagram of the Yak-3 (VK-107), corresponds to the list on the left
  1. 8.5 mm Steel - Pilot's seat armour
  2. 64 mm Bulletproof Glass - Shield behind the pilot's head
  3. 10 mm Steel - Armour above the pilot's head
Critical components
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks are located in the wings' root.
  • All other critical components are located on the central airframe:
    • The engine is at the front of the plane with the armament.
    • Oil and liquid cooling systems are located in the belly, under the pilot.

The Yak-3 (VK-107) does not have either bulletproof windshield glass or engine protection plate. This makes head-on engagements ill-advised: even if the pilot manages to survive, the in-line engine cannot take much punishment. The overall durability of the plane is poor, as can be expected for a light aircraft. Large fuel tanks are located in the roots of the wings and easily set alight by any incoming bullets. The airframe itself is easily torn apart by heavy machine guns and cannons. Use the Yak-3's manoeuvrability and speed to avoid getting hit in the first place.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 080 Sl icon.png
RB5 282 Sl icon.png
SB7 615 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts340 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 250 / 530 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Mods oil.png
100 octane fuel usage
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Engine injection
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Offensive armament

Weapon 120 mm B-20M cannon
Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate800 shots/min
Weapon 220 mm B-20S cannon
Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min

The Yak-3 (VK-107) is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm B-20M cannon, nose-mounted (120 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm B-20S cannon, nose-mounted (120 rpg)

The B-20M cannon is located in the engine shaft while the B-20S cannon is mounted above the engine offset to the left. The Yak-3 (VK-107) sports one less cannon than the Yak-3P. With only 2 x 20 mm cannons, the offensive armament is clearly lacking for a plane at this battle rating.

Belt composition
  • Default: FI-T · AP-I
  • Universal: FI-T · HEF · AP-I · FI-T
  • Ground targets: HEF · FI-T · AP-I
  • Tracers: FI-T
  • Armoured targets: AP-I · FI-T · AP-I · AP-I
  • Stealth: AP-I · HEF · FI

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Fantastic rate of climb (comparable to J2M3/5, Bf 109 K-4, Spitfire LF Mk IX, Spitfire F Mk 24, and P-51H)
  • Excellent turn rate and good roll rate
  • Controls are very responsive at most speeds
  • Amazing acceleration when below 5,000 m (16,400 ft), it's even better than some early jets
  • Excellent energy retention in manoeuvres and in general
  • Very good top speed below 6 km altitude
  • Small, fast, and agile target; makes it good at defensive manoeuvres
  • Flaps deploy and retract quickly
  • Nose-mounted armament, allows for precision at longer ranges without need of convergence
  • May survive being set on fire once
  • Armour configuration makes pilot snipes less likely when being chased


  • Low top speed in a dive, the plane rips past 720 km/h IAS (450 mph)
  • Control stiffening occurs at high speeds
  • Fully deployed flaps break past 280 km/h IAS (175 mph)
  • Engine performance is nothing special when above 6,000 m (19,600 ft)
  • Engine overheats over 96% throttle, use 95% or less to cool down the engine
  • Radiators eventually open at high throttle settings, adding significant drag
  • Mediocre manoeuvrability at low speeds
  • Low ammo count, only 120 rounds per gun with high rate of fire
  • Guns are weak compared to most 20 mm cannons used by other nations


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 × 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

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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