|This page is about the aircraft MiG-15bis. For other uses, see MiG-15 (Disambiguation)|
The MiG-15bis is a Rank V Russian jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.
The Mikoyan–Gurevich MiG-15bis is an upgraded variant of the MiG-15 jet fighter. It utilizes an improved version of the RD-45 (imported British Rolls–Royce Nene) turbojet engine, the Klimov VK-1, for increased performance. The MiG-15bis also has better ground attack capability with underwing hardpoints for bombs and rockets.
Ingame, the MiG-15bis fulfills the same role as the MiG-15, primarily serving as an air superiority fighter and bomber interceptor. It is blessed with excellent high-altitude performance and powerful armament, but suffers from controllability problems at high Mach numbers. It excels in vertical combat maneuvers, taking advantage of its high thrust-to-weight ratio. The MiG-15bis also has a limited ground attack capability.
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Survivability and armour
- 10 mm steel armour plates in front of the cockpit and behind the pilot's head rest.
- 6 mm steel armour under the pilot's seat.
- 64 mm bulletproof front windshield.
- Self-sealing fuel tanks behind the pilot and under the jet engine nozzle.
- Jet engine located in the rear of the aircraft, pilot seated in front.
- 2 x 23 mm Nudelman–Rikhter NR-23 cannon (80 rounds/gun)
- 1 x 37 mm Nudelman N-37D cannon (40 rounds/gun)
In line with its originally designed role of bomber interception, the MiG-15bis is armed with three powerful nose-mounted autocannons. The 37 mm N-37D cannon is particularly noteworthy, as even a small number of hits are usually fatal to any aircraft unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end, with the twin 23 mm NR-23 cannons also being quite respectable in terms of lethality.
The trade-off is that these cannons do not have large ammunition reserves, especially compared to the American planes armed with heavy machine guns, and it is very easy to run out of ammunition without careful aim. In addition, the N-37D has a significantly lower muzzle velocity than the NR-23, with a more pronounced ballistic arc. This makes obtaining hits with both types of cannon at the same time quite challenging; using only the 37 mm or the 23 mm cannons at one time may be more efficient with regards to ammunition usage.
- 2 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs
- 2 x 250 kg FAB-250 bombs
- 2 x ORO-57K rocket pods
- 2 x 8 x 57 mm S-5M rockets (HE)
- 2 x 8 x 57 mm S-5K rockets (HEAT)
- 2 x 210 mm S-21 rockets
The MiG-15bis is capable of carrying up to 500 kg of bombs on underwing hardpoints. While this pales in comparison to the American or British fighter-bombers, it is enough for taking out isolated ground targets, if needed.
The S-5M HE rockets are most effective against light ground units, while the S-5K HEAT rockets are capable of penetrating the top armour of most vehicles.
The massive S-21 rocket has a considerable blast radius, and a single hit on a tank is usually fatal. The rocket may also be set with a distance fuze (up to 1,000 m), which can be very effective against large aircraft, such as bombers, or tightly bunched groups of smaller aircraft.
Usage in battles
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Manual Engine Control
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Pros and cons
- Excellent climb rate and acceleration.
- Above average maneuverability.
- Powerful main armament, especially effective against bombers.
- Ability to carry massive S-21 rockets, unlike the earlier MiG-15.
- Somewhat slow roll rate.
- Poor controllability due to compression at high Mach numbers (> Mach 0.9).
- Inhomogeneous main armament with different ballistic characteristics can make aiming difficult.
- Limited ammunition capacity.
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