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General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
6.6 tTake-off weight
0.29 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10 800 mCeiling
2 х Klimov VK-105REngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
680 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 1
500 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
8 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 1
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 600 / 2 014/980 / 1 233/570 / 717Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
106 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
180 % Sl icon.png170 % Sl icon.png50 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Yak-4.jpg

The Yak-4 is a rank I Soviet bomber with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,800 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 513 496 10 800 25.1 26.1 7.8 7.8 550
Upgraded ___ 533 __._ 24.0 __._ 10.4


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 + -
680 320 N/A N/A 280 ~12 ~7
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 360 < 450 > 340
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,000 m 1,100 hp 1,186 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,000 m 1,050 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

  • 8mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat.
  • 8mm Steel plate under the pilot.


Offensive armament

Main article: ShKAS (7.62 mm)

The Yak-4 is armed with:

  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg)

Suspended armament

Main article: FAB-100 (100 kg)

The Yak-4 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 8 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (800 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: ShKAS (7.62 mm)

The Yak-4 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Turret 7 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Excellent speed
  • Good climb rate
  • Decent maneuverability for a bomber
  • Possesses offensive armament, one centrally mounted ShKAS (7.62 mm) gun, coupling great accuracy with a superb rate of fire


  • Very poor bomb load, will struggle at taking out armoured targets (medium tanks, pillboxes, etc.), ineffective at base bombing
  • Bleeds speed in turns
  • Vulnerable engines tend to overheat quickly at 100% throttle
  • Rear gunner cannot aim below 0°, rendering you harmless to any enemies under the plane
  • Similar to the Yak-2, pilot has no frontal protection and can be knocked out easily


The Yakovlev Yak-4 was a light bomber developed from the Yak-2 light bomber (not to be confused with the Yak-2 KABB attacker), the result of a series of improvements implemented to rectify the issues of its predecessor, which included inadequate speed, an unsatisfactory cooling system, and a weak/troublesome undercarriage. To increase speed, the drag of engine doors and cowlings was reduced, the fuselage upper decking was cut down, and the aircraft was refitted with Klimov M-105 engines. Such improvements increased the speed by 10-20km/h. To reduce overheating, the oil coolers were relocated to the chin of the engine compartments. To fix problems with the undercarriage, the single wheeled landing gear was replaced with a double wheeled one. The Yak-4 first flew on February 20, 1940, was put into service in 1941, and had its production terminated that same year. A majority of the aircraft were sent to the 316th Reconnaissance Regiment in the Kiev Military District. Although officially retired in 1945, it is not believed that their usage extended much past Operation Barbarossa as the German forces destroyed most of them in its opening days, in large part due to the inexperience of soviet aircrews. However, a few remaining Yak-4s may have found use later in the war as glider tugs or suppliers. A total of around 90 were produced.


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See also

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A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Attackers  Yak-2 KABB
Yak-1  Yak-1 · Yak-1B
Yak-2  I-29
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-7  Yak-7B
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Yak-9K · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9P · Yak-9T · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT
Bombers  Yak-4
Jet Fighters  Yak-15P · Yak-15 · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30
Foreign Use  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T
Captured  ▀Yak-1B

USSR bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (e) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (l)
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Pe  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4
  Po-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30