F-86K (Italy)

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General characteristics
1 personCrew
9.5 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
General Electric J47-GE-17BEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1187 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm M24A1 cannonWeapon 1
528 roundsAmmunition
1 500 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 1
380 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
990 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png49 000 / 66 100/14 300 / 19 290/4 700 / 6 340Repair
280 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
990 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 200 Ge icon.pngAces
× (214) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 5.2 Sl icon.png× 3.2 Sl icon.png× 1.3 Sl icon.png
This page is about the jet fighter F-86K (Italy). For the French version, see F-86K (France). For other versions, see F-86 (Family).


GarageImage F-86K (Italy).jpg

The ▄F-86K is a rank VI Italian jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB) and 9.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Flight performance

The F-86K is a good 9.0 but not the best. The F-86K has very good low end acceleration due to its afterburner, but you are only subsonic. Like every other jet, it's bad at maneuvering at low speeds and compresses at high speed. However, the F-86K can handle top speed relatively well compared to other 9.0s. The F-86K can do one thing very well, which is going into verticals.

Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
1,103 1,097 27.4 28.3 42.7 37.1 1,000
Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ???  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 1,000


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
620 ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 850 < 600 < 660 N/A
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 2,105 kgf 4,098 kgf

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.


Offensive armament

Main article: M24A1 (20 mm)

The F-86K (Italy) is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm M24A1 cannons, nose-mounted (132 rpg = 528 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: AIM-9B

The F-86K (Italy) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x AIM-9B missiles

Usage in battles

The F-86K should be used as a support fighter mainly. This is due to its sub-par maneuverability compared to other 9.0s like the MiG-17 or the F2 Sabre at low speeds. In a 1v1 dogfight, the F-86K has almost no chance against a MiG-17 unless you fight in a vertical, which you should do most of the time. You also have 4 M24A1s which are excellent against bomber hunters, but also in a head-ons. However, don't commit to head ons, instead fire a burst from maybe .8 km out then pull out. This is to decrease the chances of both of you crashing and increasing your chance of surviving. Your opponents will mainly be 8.7s like the MiG-15 Bis or A5 Sabre which you can easily out climb or out run. However, sometimes you will get up tiered to 10.0. This is when your wet thrust advantage is nullified as you face F-100s that are supersonic. You will also meet Hunter F6's if you get up tiered. If you see a Hunter F.6 you can't really do much except pray to Gaijin that he doesn't have SRAAMs. If he doesn't have SRAAMs then you can fight him in a vertical.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Compressor Offensive 20 mm
II New boosters Airframe AIM-9B
III Wings repair Engine New 20 mm cannons
IV G-suit Cover

Pros and cons


  • Good top speed
  • Great firepower of four 20 mm cannons
  • Good high-speed manoeuvrability
  • Access to Sidewinder missiles


  • Not as manoeuvrable as earlier-model Sabres (F-86A/F)
  • Missile lock can be broken with a high-G manoeuvre
  • Prone to wing rips with strong input


The F-86K is the NATO variant of the F-86D with the exception it did not sport the internal FFAR Mighty Mouse rocket launcher, but 20 mm cannons and Sidewinder missiles instead. Many foreign countries wanted a high altitude interceptor. This need was created by the Soviet bomber threat many Western countries feared of. The U.S. felt the F-86D would be the perfect candidate for NATO countries, however, they didn't give the F-86D away. This was due to sensitive material the F-86D possessed, especially the state-of-the-art fire control system. Not only was the fire control system sensitive info, but it was also unreliable and the U.S. did not want to give unreliable equipment to other NATO countries. So the U.S. came up with the F-86K, an almost exact copy of the F-86D other than an improvised fire control and a slightly longer nose. After the F-86K was designed, production started with NAA (North American Arms) making around a hundred F-86K's. These were shipped to NATO countries and Italy, but the U.S. also sent sets of parts to Italy around 1956. Fiat took these sets and assembled their own F-86K's. Some of the Fiat assembled F-86K's were shipped to France or other NATO countries. Italy continued to use F-86K's up until they started to slowly get rid of them starting 1964 to make space for the F-104 Starfighter. The last Italian F-86K was decommissioned in 1973.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Italy jet aircraft
Fiat  G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 R/4 · G.91 YS
Other countries  ▄F-84G-21-RE · Vampire FB 52A · CL-13 Mk.4 · ▄F-86K