La-174

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La-174
la_174.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
8.0/8.0/8.0BR
1 personCrew
2.7 tEmpty weight
3.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
13 500 mCeiling
sec22.9/22.9/21.5Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Klimov RD-500Engine
JetType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
945 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
3 х 23 mm NR-23 cannonWeapon 1
300 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Economy
Sl icon.png8 800 / 10 911/9 864 / 12 231/4 280 / 5 307Repair
230 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
790 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 800 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage La-174.jpg


The La-174 is a gift Rank V Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0. It was introduced in Update 1.39. The La-174 is a prototype variant of the La-15, possessing slight differences in statistics and a variant color scheme, and has been occasionally available for research in the Russian tech tree following the La-15. To research the La-174, the La-15 must too be researched, even during the rare periods the La-174 is available for research. The plane must be researched and purchased during this time, and is otherwise unavailable.

The La-174 shares many of the same attributes as the La-15, and thus shares the same general strengths and weaknesses as its brother. The La-174 is an incredibly fast aircraft for its tier, but suffers from various issues.

The La-174 is unable to carry any secondary armaments, such bombs or rockets. It is equipped with three very powerful 23 mm cannons. These carry 100 rounds of ammunition per gun. Which works out a total of 300 rounds of ammunition.

Due to its incredible top speed for its battle rating, competing with the fastest at 8.0, the La-174 should apply boom and zoom tactics. Gain altitude (and thus energy), and use this energy to execute hit-and-runs on opposing aircraft. Your powerful 23 mm NR-23 cannons will help you kill targets in minimal time. Though it is not the worst jet at turning, it suffers from the issue of having incredibly weak wings, and they will likely snap if you attempt to turn fight other jets at high speed. However, if it needs to turn, it can hold its energy for an extended period of time and come out of a turn at a higher speed than most opponents.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
1,004 976 13,500 21.8 23.1 25.4 23.6 650
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
1,040 1,026 13,50 21.2 21.5 38.7 31.7 650

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
945 450 520 ~26 ~13
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 640 < 535 < 610 > 140
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: NR-23 (23 mm)

The La-174 is armed with:

  • 3 x NR-23 cannons, nose-mounted (100 rpg = 300 total)

Usage in the battles

Due to its incredible top speed for its battle rating, competing with the fastest at 8.0, the La-174 should be employed in boom and zoom tactics. Gain altitude (and thus energy), and use this energy to execute hit-and-runs on opposing aircraft. Your powerful 23 mm NR-23 cannons will help you kill targets in minimal time. Despite the fact it is very manoeuverable, it suffers from the issue of having incredibly weak wings, and they will likely snap if you attempt to turn fight other jets at high speed. However, if it needs to turn, it can hold its energy for an extended period and come out of a turn at a higher speed than most opponents.

Specific enemies worth noting

F-86 Sabre/CL-13A Sabre:

The F-86 Sabre is the one of the main rivals of the La-174 if up-tiered and facing allied teams. The Sabre can easily out maneuver, out run, and out climb the La-174. The best way to counter the Sabre is to attack it when it is at its most vulnerable position (low on energy, or damaged) or force it into a low speed maneuvering fight. Do not try to engage a F-86/CL-13A Sabre in any high speed maneuvers or any high speed dog-fighting in general as the Sabre will come out on top. In any low speed manoeuvers, the Sabre will lose to the La-174 in any manoeuvering engagements.

Meteor:

The Meteor is another main rival of the La-174 as the La-174 can meet the Meteor at any time from being down-tiered to up-tiered. While the La-174 can out run and out-climb early variants of the Meteors, the later variants are far harder to out run and out climb as they can easily catch the La-174. The best way to deal with Meteors is to apply boom and zoom tactics, but do remember a skilled Meteor pilot will have no issue avoiding a La-174 that is attacking with boom and zoom tactics. Avoid any maneuvering fights with any variant of the Meteor as they will out maneuver you with no issues at all.

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Compressor Offensive 23 mm
II New Boosters Airframe
III Wings Repair New 23 mm Cannons
IV Engine Cover

It is recommended to unlock in this order: Fuselage Repair, Offensive 23 mm and Compressor.
In the second stage: Airframe then New Boosters
Third stage: Wing Repair then New 23 mm cannons
Final stage: Engine then Cover

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Cannons have decent rate of fire and punch
  • Good energy retention
  • Decent acceleration
  • Cockpit visibility is above average
  • Decent maneuverability around 500-700 kph/310-435 mph
  • Good roll rate
  • Great top speed for its battle rating

Cons:

  • Can rip its wings off in level flight (speed warning at approximately 945 kph/587 mph, wings rip at 955 kph/593 mph)
  • Ineffective airbrake
  • Guns have poor accuracy and very low muzzle velocity
  • Recoil from guns causes the plane to pitch during firing
  • Inherits the general Russian trait of very low ammo reserves, limiting battle time
  • Doesn’t take battle damage very well, especially to the wings of the aircraft

History

As a prototype of the La-15, the La-174 saw no combat experience. Only one was ever built, and it crashed during flight testing. Compared to the production version of the La-15, it was powered by a British Rolls-Royce engine, rather than the Russian-made Klimov RD-500k which was derived from the aforementioned British turbojet engine.

Media

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Obtainable events

  • The La-174 is only available in limited time periods in events, unlocked right after the La-15 in the main USSR tech tree.
  • The La-174 was available between 11 September to 18 September 2017 to honor Lavochkin's 117th birthday.

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USSR jet aircraft
Yakovlev  Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30
Mikoyan-Gurevich  MiG-9 · MiG-9 /Late · MiG-15bis · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17 · MiG-19PT
Lavochkin  La-174 · La-15 · La-200
Ilyushin  IL-28 · IL-28Sh
Tupolev  Tu-14T