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This page is about the Russian jet fighter MiG-17. For other versions, see MiG-17 (Family).


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The MiG-17 is a Rank V Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.0. It was introduced in Update 1.55 "Royal Armour". It is known by many names in the world, with a NATO reporting name of Fresco, the Chinese name Shenyang J-5 (歼-5), and the Polish name PZL-Mielec Lim-5.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,097 1,061 15500 22.2 23.2 41.2 39.1 475
Upgraded 1,128 1,114 21.2 21.5 59.9 50.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1150 450 N/A 650 450 ~12 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 600 < 700 < 750 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Klimov VK-1 1 3,868 kg 223 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 9m fuel 20m fuel 31m fuel
892 kg Centrifugal-flow turbojet 4,209 kg 4,625 kg 5,041 kg 5,485 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 9m fuel 20m fuel 31m fuel MTOW
Stationary 2,450 kgf N/A 0.58 0.53 0.49 0.45
Optimal 2,450 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.58 0.53 0.49 0.45

Survivability and armour

  • 60 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 16 mm Steel plates behind the pilot.
  • 10 mm Steel plate in the nose.


Offensive armament

The MiG-17 is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm N-37D cannon, nose-mounted (40 rpg)
  • 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon, nose-mounted (80 rpg = 160 total)

Suspended armament

Main articles: OFAB-250-270 (500 kg), S5K, S5M, S21

The MiG-17 can be outfitted with external ordinance such as:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 250 kg OFAB-250-270 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 16 x S5K rockets
  • 16 x S5M rockets
  • 2 x S21 rockets

Usage in battles

The newly gained top speed performance and maneuverbility come at a hefty price. Turn rate and low speed flexibility is gone, due the stronger swept wing design and gained a quarter·tonnes.

Acceleration also takes a hit, especially on take-off the predecessor will rush ahead.

As some positive characteristics traits of the MiG-15 vanish, some negative aspect vanish. The newly designed tail enables far better control close over Mach 0.8 (it still lacks a flying tail though) and the roll rate also significantly improved. Manual limitation set the airframe at positive 8G, with the increased control the likelihood of over stressing your airframe is easy and a steady hand required in evasive maneuvers.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Compressor Offensive 23 mm BD-2-48
II New Boosters Airframe Offensive 37 mm S5K
III Wings Repair New 23 mm Cannons S5M
IV G-Suit Engine Cover New 37 mm Cannons S21

Pros and cons


  • Incredibly fast in a dive.
  • Excellent climb speed, almost same as the MiG-15 bis
  • Very good maneuverability at low to medium speeds, also better maneuverability than its predecessor at high speed
  • Excellent energy retention, but if you turn too hard, expect to lose a few hundred km/h
  • Can safely reach a speed of 1,150 km/h when diving
  • Unless rolling and pulling up at the same time, its hard to break your wings in turn
  • Similarities with MiG-15 bis means the play style between the two are quite similar


  • Roll rate is better than that of the the MiG-15 bis, but not on par with others in this tier.
  • Guns are hard to aim and lead due to their relatively low muzzle velocity; small ammo capacity.
  • Different trajectory performances between 23 mm and 37 mm; requires experience and practice to use the weapons.
  • Slow acceleration in speeds between 800 - 1,100 km/h.
  • No air-to-air missles, afterburner and radar.
  • Engine easily overheats, throttle management necessary.


The Korean war showed that the MiG-15 and MiG-15 bis fighters were able to battle any aerial opponent at least on equal terms. The MiG-17 was a further development of the MiG-15 design that had proven itself so well. It was decided to increase the aircraft’s speed by increasing the sweep of the wing and the fuselage being lengthened to maintain the centre of gravity. The MiG-15 and MiG-17 show almost no differences at first glance. The prototype of the MiG-17 was even called the MiG-15bis45. However, only the frontal parts of the fuselage are the same, from the air intake to the wing, if you don’t count the landing headlight that had been moved to the left wing and some minor details.

These aircraft are different in every other way. It is easy to see the main differences when you look from above. By comparing the side profiles, you can see that in addition to the difference in fuselage length there are differences in the tail fin and an additional ventral fin which allows you to immediately tell the MiG-17 apart from the MiG-15. The upper part of the fins and the rudders of the aircraft are different, the juncture between the fin and the stabilizer fin also differs, but this can only be seen close up. The wing sweep of the stabilizer fin was also increased and there were also changes to elevators. The air brakes also differ in shape and size. The depth of the housing was decreased, so a cigar-shaped cowl was created to hide the cylinder. There were very significant changes to the wing. Apart from an increased wing sweep, a leading edge break appeared and the tips became rounder, which helps differentiate the aircraft when looking at them from above or below. While the Mig-15 had two aerodynamic ridges on the top surface of its wings, the MiG-17 had three.

The change in the shape of the wing led to appropriate changes in the construction of the flaps. The new geometry of the main landing gear legs required for the cover to be altered. The structure of the canopy also saw some changes. However, the first versions of the MiG-17 had the same canopies as the MiG-15 bis. Apart from changes to the design of the canopy framing (which is not actually that noticeable from afar), a rear-view mirror was introduced that would allow the aircraft to be recognized from further away. There were no significant changes to the cockpit. Overall, the MiG-17 looks even more aesthetically pleasing and streamlined than its predecessor.



See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau (Микоя́н и Гуре́вич Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Fighters  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
Jet Fighters  MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l)
  MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH
  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21PFM · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis
Exports/Licensed  ␗MiG-9 · ␗MiG-9 (l)
  J-2* · ▀MiG-15bis
  J-4* · MiG-17AS · Shenyang F-5*
  J-6A* · ▀MiG-19S
  ▀MiG-21MF · J-7II**
  *Licensed and domesticated with Chinese designations.
  **Unlicensed, reverse-engineered and domesticated with Chinese designations.
See Also  Shenyang · Chengdu

USSR jet aircraft
Bereznyak-Isayev  BI
Yakovlev  Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30 · Yak-38 · Yak-38M
Mikoyan-Gurevich  MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l) · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17 · MiG-17AS · MiG-19PT
  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21PFM · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis
Lavochkin  La-174 · La-15 · La-200
Sukhoi  Su-9 · Su-11 · Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-17M2
Ilyushin  IL-28 · IL-28Sh
Tupolev  Tu-14T