MiG-3-15 (BK)

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MiG-3-15 (BK)
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.7 tTake-off weight
2.97 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
12 000 mCeiling
Mikulin AM-35AEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
677 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UBK machine gunWeapon 1
290 roundsAmmunition
1 026 shots/minFire rate
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 2
280 roundsAmmunition
997 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 3
1 500 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 100 / 1 391/1 660 / 2 099/560 / 708Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
250 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Russian interceptor MiG-3-15 (BK). For other uses, see MiG-3 (Family).


The MiG-3-15 (BK) in the garage

The MiG-3-15 (BK) is a rank II Russian interceptor with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB) and 2.0 (SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.37.

The MiG-3-15 (BK) is a Rank II interceptor in the Mig/I-185 line. It follows the MiG-3 and differs only in the additional non-synchronized suspended armament. It is armed with 2 x ShKAS 7.62 mm MGs and 3 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB MGs. It also has twin-row Mikulin AM-35A engine sporting 1,350 hp.

Being a fighter with an inline engine distinguishes the MiG-3 greatly from its predecessors, the I-16 Ishak line, and they have very different play styles. The MiG-3 is an excellent early Boom & Zoom fighter and should be used accordingly.

The Mig-3-15 is relatively unique owing to the fact that it has the highest number of Berezin UB MGs as the main armament of any plane in War Thunder. To put this into perspective, compare the efficacy of the Berezin to the M2 Browning. The Berezin UB has a heavier round due to the longer length (12.7 x 108 mm vs. 12.7 mm x 99 mm) which thus gives it a higher muzzle velocity, also. Additionally, the fire rate of the Berezin UB is faster at about 900-950 rpm (vs. about 850 rpm with the M2). Also, the Berezin has access to cermet-core rounds, which give it better penetration.

Now how does this benefit the MiG-3-15 (BK)? Well, when combined with the ShKAS for range finding, the Berezin MGs can be devastating. A 2-3 second burst is all that is needed to either slice off a wing or set the engine on fire, whether it be a BF-109 F-1 or an A6M2 (especially). Always aim for the wings, however, as many air-frames can absorb the 12.7 mm bullets. Against bombers, however, the MGs may be slightly less effective than cannon. Use either the Air-Targets Belt, pure AP-IT (Tracers), or Ground Targets (which have cermet core rounds). The MGs are also more effective than the ShVAKs at longer range, as they are generally more accurate and lose less velocity.

Therefore, depending on whether you enjoy the larger ammo reserve or are a weaker player who prefers spraying over taking careful shots, the Mig-3-15 could be the plane for you, or it may not (in terms of armament).

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 7,800 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
606 592 12,000 25.7 26.2 12.7 12.7 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 7,800 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
663 633 12,000 22.4 24.0 23.3 16.0 300


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
645 320  ??? ~22 ~22
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 380 < 380 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,600 m 1,210 hp 1,458 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
  • 8.5 mm Steel plate under the pilot.
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage


Offensive armament

The MiG-3-15 (BK) is armed with:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose-mounted (280 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UBK machine gun, wing-mounted (145 rpg = 290 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, nose-mounted (750 rpg = 1,500 total)

Usage in the battles

Even in Arcade, the Mig-3-15 is relatively inferior to most competitors. Its BR of 2.3 puts it with fighters such as the A6M2-N, F4F, and even the early Yak line. However, high altitude performance is one redeeming aspect, as is its top speed as well as level speed. Use this to your advantage, and BnR is very effective and BnZ is do-able as well.

The armament in AB is actually quite effective. The Berezin UB MGs are more than effective for bringing down any fighter, but may struggle with larger and faster bombers such as the A-20. In most aspects, the Berezin UB is more effective and versatile than the M2 Browning .5 caliber MG.

Like the successor to the I-16 and ultimately itself, the I-185, the Mig-3-15 is an excellent BnZ fighter. Strangely enough (for a Russian plane), it has better performance at higher altitude than it does at low alts due to the specialized high-altitude engine meant to remedy the problems of the Mig-1 (not in War Thunder). Additionally, it has a good climb rate and excellent speed for a BR of 2.3. Start a match by climbing fairly high- 3-4 km should be enough depending on your opponents (biplanes or Bfs). From there you can either make work of the bombers or lower-altitude fighters. Roll rate is average while durability is also average for a plane at 2.3. The high speed make BnR (Boom and run) maneuvers a breeze.

The armament, though considered weak by some players, can be extremely deadly if used correctly. Aim for the wings and/or engine of all planes, bomber or fighter. The Berezin UB is very effective when used with the Tracers (APIT) or Ground Targets (with the fantastic cermet core rounds). Visit the "Armament" section for more details.

Visibility is quite poor due to the lack of a good canopy. However, most other planes at this BR or similar do not have good visibility either.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine Offensive 12 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12 mm MGs

Pros and cons


  • High speed, especially for its battle rating
  • Good climb rate, though inferior to most biplanes and the Spitfire
  • No cannons, which can be a pro or a con depending on your battle style.
  • Cermet core ammo belt option
  • Good acceleration and energy retention
  • Engine is forgiving in terms of overheating
  • Able to use interceptor spawn.


  • Poor turn rate when compared to other fighters at 2.3
  • Average durability, wings can rip fairly easily at high speeds, which are easily attainable
  • No leading edge slats
  • No cannons
  • High wing-loading
  • Difficulty pulling up from a high-speed dive attack


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In-game description

"A single-seat monoplane fighter with an all-metal construction, closed cockpit and retractable landing gear with a tail wheel. The fighter was initially developed by N.N. Polikarpov, and later by A.I. Mikoyan and M.I. Gurevich at OKB-155. The experimental I-200 fighter took its maiden flight on 5 April 1940. The plane went into series production in June 1940 at aircraft plant No. 1 in Moscow under the designation MiG-1.

The MiG-3 model joined the series in February 1941, with a modified wing, larger landing gear, an additional fuselage fuel tank, a new radiator, modified flaps and self-sealing for the centerwing fuel tanks.

The MiG-3 series fighters were powered by the twin-row V12 Mikulin AM-35A engine with a maximum output of 1,350 hp. This was a geared-down engine with a single-stage supercharger and an air pressure regulator.

The armament on the first few MiG-3 series consisted of two 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns with 750 rounds each and one synchronized large-caliber 12.7 mm Berezina BS machine gun with 300 rounds. All three machine guns were placed above the engine.

The design also allowed for the suspension of two containers under the wing, each housing an unsynchronized large-caliber 12.7 mm Berezina BK machine gun.

The plane's bombing equipment consisted of four locking DZ-40 bomb racks mounted under the wing, each able to carry up to 100 kg. The overall weight of its bomb load was no greater than 220 kg. The MiG-3 could carry the AO-8/-10/-25 and FAB-50/-100, cluster bombs and bottles of KS incendiary fluid.

The plane possessed the PBP-1A collimator sight, which allowed it to use all types of anti-air and anti-ground weapons. Before the Great Patriotic War, the MiG-3 was the most prolific modern fighter in the Soviet Air Forces. From June 1941, it was widely used on the front in Soviet Air Forces units, naval aviation units and Air Defense Forces units.

In total, 3172 of these planes were made. The MiG-3's production ended in December 1941. Its use continued in Soviet Air Forces divisions until 1943, and in air defense fleets until the end of the war."


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I-153  I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28 · I-180S
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
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Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
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