I-16 type 24
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The I-16 type 24 Ishak is a rank I Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB), 2.3 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39.
The I 16 is a famous turn fighter. It turns in a blink of an eye but that's about it. The I-16 has a small engine which can't reach great speeds. It's slow, it can't climb and has poor energy retention. The 95 octane fuel helps a lot for the performance.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,400 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 300||< 240||< 280||> 190|
Survivability and armour
The aircraft's engine is small but incredibly vulnerable. It's useless after only a few hits. The construction is weak and can't withstand a lot of punishment. The pilot is exposed and the fuel tanks catch fire and explode fast. All this compensated by its manoeuvrability, which can be enough to avoid being hit. Avoid flying above AAA, because the plane and the pilot are vulnerable to them.
The I-16 type 24 is armed with:
- 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, nose-mounted (650 rpg = 1,300 total)
- 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, wing-mounted (900 rpg = 1,800 total)
The I-16 type 24 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 2 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (200 kg total)
- 2 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (100 kg total)
- 6 x RS-82 rockets
- 6 x RBS-82 rockets
Usage in battles
This is a classic turn fighter. It can outmanoeuvre anything in the sky at its BR, so the main tactic is tricking the enemy into a turn fight. You have to come close to the enemy because you only have MG-s, but when you get close the ShKAS machine gun spews 1,800 rpm so even though it's a small calibre for aircraft it does the job. You can also take rockets to destroy stray bombers from a distance, or destroy ground targets with rockets and bombs. If you must destroy AAA, get low to the ground, pull up at the last minute and fire away. The pilot is vulnerable to AAA fire.
Manual Engine Control
Not auto controlled
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|I||Fuselage repair||Radiator||Offensive 7 mm||DZ-40|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||New 7 mm MGs|
|IV||95 octane fuel usage||Engine injection||Cover|
Pros and cons
- Excellent turning ability- with combat flaps deployed it can out-turn any Bf 109, Fw 190 A and even turn-fighters like the Spitfire
- Extreme roll rate allows it to do offensive/defensive scissors easily, which is an advantage over Bf 109 and Spitfire as their roll rates aren't as good.
- 4 x ShKAS machine guns with good fire rate, adequate velocity and accuracy, and plenty of ammo (1,300 rounds total) for longer battles
- Suspended armament provides rockets and bombs, which, to some extent, allows some ground attack ability.
- Is a very short and small plane, offering the enemy a harder target to hit.
- Extremely poor level speed, climb rate, dive acceleration and energy retention- will get outran, out-climbed and out-dived easily by Bf 109 E/F, Fw 190 A or A6M2
- Engine tends to overheat when diving at more than 500 km/h
- Control surfaces are unresponsive over 450 km/h
- Flaps are very weak and will break over 250 km/h, severely limiting its sharp-turning potential at higher speeds
- No manual trim controls in simulator which makes it hard to handle
- Although manoeuvrable, it can still get out-turned by some Japanese turn-fighters
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