Yak-9K

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Yak-9K
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Yak-9K
AB RB SB
3.7 4.0 4.3
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Description

The Yak-9K is a rank III Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB), 4.0 (RB), and 4.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.33.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 000 m593 km/h
Turn time18 s
Max altitude10 000 m
EngineKlimov VK-105PF
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t

The configuration of the Yak-9K's engine is for excellent low altitude performance and manoeuvrability, though, without necessary turbo or superchargers, the aircraft's performance at high altitude suffers. The Immelmann speed of the Yak-9K is superior to the majority of comparable fighters at the same battle rating making it a capable dogfighter.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 576 562 10000 18.8 19.5 13.7 13.5 366
Upgraded 609 593 17.2 18.0 18.5 16.0

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 ~12 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 420 < 490 > 340
Compressor Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
Setting 1 700 m 1,260 hp N/A
Setting 2 2,900 m 1,175 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

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

A Yak-9K offers good pilot protection, it is unlikely that a pilot snipe should occur. Due to strengthened structure and centralising of the critical components, it is a real possibility for a skilled pilot to clip an enemies plane with a wingtip and remain unscathed, either slicing the enemy's wing or disabling a propeller. Though the Yak-9K does have self sealing fuel tanks located in the wing, that does not preclude them from catching on fire.

  • 64 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front
  • 64 mm Bulletproof glass pilot's headrest
  • 8 mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 500 → 1 914 Sl icon.png
RB3 500 → 4 466 Sl icon.png
SB3 290 → 4 198 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications25 100 Rp icon.png
59 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training32 000 Sl icon.png
Experts110 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces320 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
60 / 180 / 330 % Sl icon.png
142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 000 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 000 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 500 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
2 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
2 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 500 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
4 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 500 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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ub_belt_pack
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 000 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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ub_new_gun
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 500 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
ns45_belt_pack
Research:
2 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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ns45_new_gun
Research:
4 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 500 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 145 mm NS-45 cannon
Ammunition29 rounds
Fire rate258 shots/min
Ammunition200 rounds
Fire rate996 shots/min

The Yak-9K is armed with:

  • 1 x 45 mm NS-45 cannon, nose-mounted (29 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg)

Usage in battles

Engaging fighters & bombers

Most enemy fighters will be between 3000 and 3800 meters, with bombers being around 4000 to 5000 meters. It's important to use your height advantage, drop down from your height and and get behind the enemy. Once behind the fighter or bomber, do not engage until you are close enough to see their tails in your crosshairs. Aim forward and fire only a single shot or a short bust which is no longer than two seconds. If you miss and they turn, pending how sharp the turn is follow them. If it's a very sharp turn do not turn with them, instead open the throttle and climb back up to gain a height advantage. Then either try it again or find a new bandit to knock out.

Ground & Naval Battles

In ground and naval battles, the Yak-9K is able to destroy armoured targets with ease. It does not have any secondary armaments such as bombs or rockets. However, its 45 mm cannon is able to destroy heavy tanks. To do this, aim for the roof and dive straight down upon them like an angel that is fighting a demon. In ship combat, the 45 mm cannon is able to penetrate the decks of many heavily armoured ships, but you must aim for roof or sides of the ships. When handling smaller ships such as Patrol boats, do not fly in a straight line. Instead, zip up and down, left to right, then suddenly turn and shoot them. A single well placed shot will destroy their ammo racks and set the ship to visit Davy Jones' locker!

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:

  • The 45 mm cannon is very good at bomber hunting, although climbing to those altitudes takes some time.
  • 45 mm cannon is good for plane, tank & ship busting, thus making the plane a great choice for close air support in ground & naval realistic battles.
  • 45 mm cannon is able to rip apart any plane with one well placed shot.
  • Good climb rate.
  • Great low-altitude performance.
  • Solid manoeuvrability at low altitudes.
  • Great top speed.

Cons:

  • 45 mm cannon is hard to aim due to inaccuracy, especially apparent when stock.
  • Guns jam relatively quickly, trigger discipline is required.
  • Secondary weapons have limited ammo, compared to other aircraft.

History

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In-game description

The Yak-9 was a Soviet single-engine fighter of the WWII era. It was the first combat aircraft designed by Alexander Yakovlev's construction bureau. The most mass-produced Soviet fighter of the war, it remained in production from October 1942 to December 1948, with a total of 16,769 built.

The Yak-9 was a further modification of the Yak-1 and Yak-7. In its core design, it was a redesign of the Yak-7. With few external differences, Yak-9 was at the same time much more advanced internally. This is not unexpected, as almost two years of design and combat experience of the Yak series went into the Yak-9. Also, at the time aluminium was in much greater supply than it had been two years previously at the start of the war. Amongst other things, the use of metal allowed the plane's weight to be significantly reduced, meaning that more fuel could be stored and that the aircraft could be equipped with more powerful armament and more specialized equipment.

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A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Fighters 
Yak-1  Yak-1 · Yak-1B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · 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-30
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
Captured  ▀Yak-1B

USSR fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis
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
P-39  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
P-63  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5