Yak-7B

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Yak-7B
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Yak-7B
AB RB SB
3.3 2.3 2.7
Class:
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Description

The Yak-7B is a rank II Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 2.3 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 3 650 m570 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude9 900 m
EngineKlimov VK-105PF
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t

The aircraft has a lightweight body and a good engine making it very capable of dealing with any kind of enemy. It has decent manoeuvrability for it's battle rating. It is most efficient up to 4,000 m (13,123 ft). It's not recommended to use in a turn fight, but if necessary extending the flaps helps a lot. It can climb well making flying away not so difficult. The Yak 7B can withstand from 10 G to -8 G.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,650 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 554 535 9900 22.3 23.0 13.2 13.0 320
Upgraded 586 570 21.0 21.5 18.0 15.5

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
682.5 320 N/A N/A 280 ~11 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 420 < 490 > 340
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
700 m 1,260 hp N/A
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,900 m 1,175 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural683 km/h
Gear320 km/h

The aircraft can take a few hits in the engine and in the hull. It's not fantastic, like the P-400, but is OK. It has 8 mm (0.31 in) of steel on the seat. You can avoid most of the enemy aircraft but stalling this fighter is a death wish. Any Bf-110 or the other Boom & Zoom type aircraft will kill you. It's effective to gradually reduce your speed and make circles clockwise to make enemies overshoot.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 200 → 1 504 Sl icon.png
RB2 400 → 3 009 Sl icon.png
SB3 980 → 4 990 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications10 420 Rp icon.png
23 800 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost750 Ge icon.png
Crew training11 000 Sl icon.png
Experts38 000 Sl icon.png
Aces250 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
50 / 140 / 240 % Sl icon.png
124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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ub_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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BI-42
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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ub_new_gun
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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shvak_belt_pack
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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RO-82
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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shvak_new_gun
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate800 shots/min
Ammunition400 rounds
Fire rate996 shots/min

The Yak-7B is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon, nose-mounted (120 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine guns, nose-mounted (260 rpg left + 140 rpg right = 400 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups3
List of setups
Setup 12 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
Setup 26 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 36 x RBS-82 rockets
Main articles: FAB-50 (50 kg), RS-82, RBS-82

The Yak-7B can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (100 kg total)
  • 6 x RS-82 rockets
  • 6 x RBS-82 rockets

Usage in battles

The Yak-7B is a versatile aircraft that can destroy both ground or air targets.

It is easiest to destroy anti-aircraft artillery or lightly armoured vehicles with your cannon, MG-s or suspended armaments. If you can aim your rockets good enough you can even destroy a tank. The easiest tactic for pounding ground targets is flying low and fast.

For destroying air targets you can get rockets and go head-on with light aircraft like: I-16, Japanese zero-s and biplanes. If encountering heavily armoured airplanes fire rockets from a safe distance and turn away. There are Boom & Zoom options for bombers and ground attack vehicles that come near the ground. Your most common targets should be: Beaufighters, IL-2 s, F-4U-s, Bf 109-s and Hurricanes. To deal with less manoeuvrable aircraft, force them into a turn and take your time. You have a very limited ammo storage and you should fire precisely.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Armament is a big step up from Yak-1: Nose-mounted 1 x 20 mm ShVAK & 2 x 12.7 mm UBS Machinegun proves a very effective combination
  • Capable of using rockets for both air and ground targets

Cons:

  • No WEP, prone to overheating in realistic and simulator battles
  • Engine underperforms above 4,000 m; incapable of intercepting high-altitude bombers
  • Worse manoeuvrability compared to all other Yakovlev fighter series
  • The wooden airframe can't sustain high compression during dive in high speed, resulting in wing rips above 500 km/h
  • Any kind of fire will quickly spread across the plane

History

The Yakovlev Yak-7 was originally intended as a two-seat trainer version of the Yak-1 fighter plane for the Soviet Air Force and only armed with 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS MG for gunnery practice. Eventually, engineers at the Yakovlev Design Bureau modified the plane into a single-seat fighter superior to the Yak-1. The plane was armed with a single, propeller-mounted 20 mm ShVAK autocannon and 2 x ShKAS machine guns in the engine cowling and included armour for the cockpit. The plane was quickly adopted by the air force and production was approved by late 1941. Unfortunately, Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the USSR had already begun and the relocation of factories to the Urals and more pressing needs elsewhere meant only 65 were available at the end of the year. Though it would see service as a fighter and interceptor, the aircraft was more often used as a fighter-bomber due to its ability to carry bombs and rockets for use against the Nazi and Italian ground forces. The Yak-7B would be introduced in 1942 and had a reduced wingspan, improved on-board systems, and an easier-to-produce undercarriage compared to the Yak-7A. Production of the Yak-7B would amount to over 5,000 aircraft produced. It would later see service with Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Mongolia, Poland, and Yugoslavia, which only received 2 Yak-7V planes. The Free French Air Force Normandie-Niemen squadron would also employ the plane on the Eastern Front, eager to get revenge against the Luftwaffe that had bested them on the home front.

In-game description

This Soviet single-engine fighter was based on the Yak-7UTI, a tandem-seat advanced trainer based on the Yak-1. The first Yak-7B rolled off the production line at Yakovlev in 1942; the last one was made in 1944.

The Yak-7B's armaments consisted of two 12.7 mm Berezin machine guns and one 20 mm ShVAK cannon. In addition, bombs aboard the plane could be suspended. In all, the plane's manufacturer made more than 5,000 Yak-7Bs.

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A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
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Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB · I-29
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-4  Yak-4
Yak-7  Yak-7B
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
Captured  ▀Yak-1B

USSR fighters
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I-153  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 · 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
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