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General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.6 tEmpty weight
5.5 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
15 500 mCeiling
sec20.7/20.7/0.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Klimov VK-1Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1 132 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
37 mm N-37D cannonWeapon 1
40 roundsAmmunition
401 shots/minFire rate
2 х 23 mm NR-23 cannonWeapon 2
160 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 1
2 х 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombSetup 2
16 х S-5K rocketsSetup 3
16 х S-5M rocketsSetup 4
2 х S-21 rocketsSetup 5
170 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
550 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png7 350 / 9 621/7 050 / 9 228/3 400 / 4 450Repair
160 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
550 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 000 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.08 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the Russian jet fighter MiG-15bis. For other uses, see MiG-15 (Family).


The MiG-15bis in the garage

The MiG-15bis is a Rank V Russian jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/RB) and 9.0 (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.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ?  ? 15 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 15 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
1 132 450 650 ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< 600 < 700 < 750 > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 2450 kgf No WEP

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.


Offensive armament

  • 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.

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments
  • 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

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Excellent climb rate and acceleration.
  • Above average manoeuvrability.
  • 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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In-game description

"After World War II was over, the leaders of the USSR realized that they were behind the leading states of the world in the sphere of jet aircraft construction, most notably in the full-scale production of turbojet engines. Consequently, a delegation including the designers A. I. Mikoyan and V. Y. Klimov was sent to Great Britain towards the end of 1946. Their negotiations were successful, resulting in the purchase of two of the most advanced turbojet engines at that time: the Rolls-Royce Derwent Mk.V and the Rolls-Royce Nene I/Nene II. The British consented to sell their newest strategic designs easily enough, since they believed that the Soviet industrial/technological apparatus could not handle the mass production of sophisticated assemblies. However, very soon that the Rolls-Royce engines were launched into full-scale Soviet production under the designations RD-500 and RD-45.

The emergence of the new engines led to the creation of Soviet jet fighters able to compete with the leading models of the world. In 1947, the Mikoyan Design Bureau started the development of a front line fighter with a Nene (RD-45) turbojet engine and an airtight cockpit: the I-310 (""S""). The first S-01 prototype aircraft made its first flight on December 30, 1947, and, after working on the test results, was launched into full-scale production in 1948 under the designation MiG-15. The plane's airframe was an all-metal monoplane configuration with mid-swept wings and empennage. Thus the MiG-15 became the first production swept-wing fighter.

The MiG-15 was equipped with a RD-45F single-shaft turbojet engine rated at 2,270 kg of thrust with a double-entry centrifugal compressor. The plane's armament included a 37mm Nudelman N-37D cannon with 40 rounds and two 23mm Nudelman-Suranov NS-23KM guns with 160 rounds in total. The cannons were mounted in the forward fuselage on a lowerable carriage. Two 100-kg or 50-kg bombs could be suspended under the wings. To increase its flight range, the aircraft could carry two external fuel tanks with a capacity ranging from 250 to 600 liters.

The MiG-15 fighter was notable for its simple and reliable structure, high flight and operating characteristics, and powerful armament. Its maximum speed, rate of climb, ceiling, and flight range were the best among Soviet fighters at the time and superior to many foreign aircraft, as well.

The first production MiG-15s with RD-45F engines began to leave the factory floor in early 1949. In 1950, more advanced MiG-15bis fighters replaced them in the factory assembly lines."


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See also

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