|This page is about the German jet fighter MiG-15bis (Germany). For other uses, see MiG-15 (Family).|
The ▀MiG-15bis is a rank V German jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/RB) and 9.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39.
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 0 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 600||< 700||< 750||> ???|
|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 headrest.
- 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)
- 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
Usage in battles
The most common enemy of the MiG-15bis is, of course, the F-86 Sabre's although the Banshee/Panther/Cougar line is also a threat. The MiG's main disadvantage is its wing is vulnerable to ripping in the rolling turn. The Sabre doesn't have this same issue so don't try to out-roll the Sabre, use your extremely good energy retention to zoom back up to higher altitude and then re-engage in a dive.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 23 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 23 mm cannons||S5K|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Offensive 37 mm||S5M||BD-2-48|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||New 37 mm cannons||S21|
Pros and cons
- Great acceleration
- Superior climb rate
- Powerful armament
- Low wing loading which results in great manoeuvrability
- Great in vertical manoeuvres
- Good flaps that allow them to be deployed even at high speeds (up to 800 kph IAS)
- High service ceiling
- Excellent high altitude performance
- S-21 rockets with good fuse time (1,000 m) result in a very high chance of head-on winning
- Low roll rate especially at high speeds
- Control surfaces are highly stiffening at high speeds
- Hard to aim due to low velocity guns
- Guns can spark frequently
- Low amount of ammo
- No Air-to-air missile.
- Long turn times at high speeds
- 9.0 jet which may play with 10.0 jets and at 10.0, its mostly T-2 spam
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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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|Germany jet aircraft|
|Me.262||Me 262 A-1/U4 Pulkzerstörer · Me 262 A-1a Schwalbe · Me 262 A-2a Sturmvogel · Me 262 C-1a Heimatschützer I · Me 262 C-2b Heimatschützer II|
|He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2 · Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0 · Ho 229 V3|
|Bombers||Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3|
|Other countries||CL-13A Sabre Mk 5 · CL-13B Sabre Mk.6 · ▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · Sea Hawk Mk.100 · G.91 R/3|