I-16 type 27

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I-16 type 27
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This page is about the Russian fighter I-16 type 27. For other uses, see I-16 (Family).


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The I-16 type 27 Ishak is a rank II Russian fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB) and 2.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39.

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.

Max Speed
(km/h at 2,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
442 425 9950 17.3 17.9 13.8 13.8 272
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
490 463 9950 16.1 16.5 23.6 18 272


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
N/A ~16 ~8
Optimal velocities
< 330 < 320 < 340 > 190
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,530 m 850 hp 1,020 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,200 m 800 hp 960 hp

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

The I-16 type 27 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, nose-mounted (650 rpg = 1,300 total)

Suspended armament

The I-16 type 27 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

The key to success in this aircraft is by using its excellent turn and roll rate to eliminate enemies in a turn fight. Make sure to notice that this plane doesn't have that good of a climb rate. To be effective, climb in a 15 degrees angle at the start of the match, fly at around 3,000 m - 4,000 m, pretend yourself as a slow target for the enemies above you. If you spot someone diving on you, break and dodge his shots and try to drag him into a dogfight; you can out-turn most of the enemies in this tier.

Remember to always avoid head-ons when playing this aircraft - it's super fragile, you can often get one shot by the heavy-armed aircraft at this BR, such as the Bf 109 E-4 and P-40 variants. Due to the lack of engine horse-power at high altitude, always try to engage enemy aircraft below 4,000 m, and DO NOT toggle flaps over 200 kph, because they will typically rip off at those speeds.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm DZ-40
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs RO-82
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons

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 rate aren't as good.
  • Twin ShVAK cannons have good fire rate, adequate velocity and accuracy. 150 RPG allows longer fights.
  • 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 kph.
  • Control surfaces are unresponsive over 450 kph.
  • Flaps are very weak and will break over 250 kph, severely limiting its sharp-turning potential at higher speeds.
  • No manual trim controls in simulator which makes it hard to handle.
  • Uses early ShVAKs that have a lot of poor quality HEF-I rounds
  • Although it's maneuverble, it can still be out-turned by the Ki-10


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In-game description

A single-seat cantilever monoplane with a composite construction and retractable landing gear.

The I-16 Type 27 is a variation of the I-16 Type 18 fighter equipped with an M-62 engine and the same wing-mounted cannon armament as on the I-16 Type 17, which was created based on the I-16 Type 10 in the same way.

The I-16 Type 27 was powered by the 9-cylinder air-cooled Shvetsov M-62 radial engine with a rated output of 800 hp. The engine possessed a double-speed central-drive supercharger which increased its altitude limit. The plane was equipped with the AV-1 variable-pitch propeller with a larger propeller spinner.

One important alteration was the installation of a rubber self-sealing cover on the fuel tank. This prevented fuel leaks caused by small arms fire.

The I-16 Type 27's armament consisted of two 20 mm rapid-firing Shpitalny-Vladimirov ShVAK aviation cannons with 150 shells each. The cannons were located in the wing's central section outside the propeller interference zone. The fuselage housed a portion of the cannons' ammunition. The cannons were fed by tubes located behind the fuselage's first former and running across the central wing section along a forward longeron.

Two more synchronized ShKAS cannons were installed under nacelles in the fuselage above the engine. They had 650 rounds each.

The new cannons led to an increase in the airplane's weight and a corresponding reduction in its flight characteristics. For this reason, although the I-16 Type 27 was capable of aerial combat, it was mainly used to attack ground targets or as an interceptor.

The I-16 Type 27 was produced in small numbers in 1939. Only 59 were built in total. It saw limited use in the first stage of the Great Patriotic War, primarily as an attack aircraft.


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See also

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