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Hunter FGA.9 PACK
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
9.15 tTake-off weight
9.04 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8000 mCeiling
2 х Mikulin AM-38FEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 37 mm NS-37 cannonWeapon 1
150 roundsAmmunition
260 shots/minFire rate
2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannonWeapon 2
300 roundsAmmunition
800 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunTurret
200 roundsAmmunition
1027 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 1
2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombSetup 2
2 x 500 kg FAB-500 (welded) bombSetup 3
8 x RS-132 rocketsSetup 4
8 x RBS-132 rocketsSetup 5
Sl icon.png6200/3200/2000Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
120000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
136 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
240 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png140 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png60 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage TIS MA.jpg

The TIS MA is a gift rank III Soviet twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.95 "Northern Wind" in the Operation F.R.O.S.T. event.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,660 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 511 494 8000 25.1 25.9 6.8 6.8 420
Upgraded 556 534 23.0 24.0 14.5 10.3


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 + -
400 ___ 270 ~10 ~8
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 380 < 420 > 329
Compressor Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
Setting 1 750 m 1,500 hp 1,623 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm steel pilot seat


Offensive armament

The TIS MA is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 2 x 37 mm NS-37 cannons, wing-mounted (75 rpg = 150 total) + 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, nose-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
    • 2 x 45 mm NS-45 cannons, wing-mounted (50 rpg = 100 total) + 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, nose-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)

Suspended armament

The TIS MA can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 8 x RS-132 rockets
  • 8 x RBS-132 rockets

Defensive armament

Main article: Berezin UB (12.7 mm)

The TIS MA is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (200 rpg)

Usage in battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Ludicrously powerful armament layouts with decent ammo capacities
  • Both the 37 mm cannons and 45 mm cannons have high muzzle velocity are quite accurate
  • Firing the guns barely slows the aircraft down
  • Reasonable manoeuvrability for a twin-engined fighter bolstered by leading-edge slats
  • Decent speed, but lower than most fighters it will encounter
  • Acceptable acceleration for a twin-engined fighter
  • All armaments centred in or near the nose, resulting in little need for convergence adjustments, except for long-distance shots
  • Can mount bombs and rockets for ground-pounding
  • Premium rewards


  • Slower than contemporary aircraft
  • Lack of bulletproof glass makes the pilot prone to snipes, also vulnerable to head-on attacks
  • Extremely prone to fires


The TIS A (and the improved MA) were designed to a 1938 specification for a heavy fighter - but work did not begin until 1940 due to resources being devoted to the I-180 and SPB projects.

The TIS A was an all metal monocoque monoplane with a very heavy forward facing armament of some mix of 2 x 37mm, 2 x 20mm cannon; and 2 x 12.7mm UB + 4 x 7.62mm ShKAS machine guns, or 6 x 7.62mm ShKAS machine guns - sources vary on the exact nature of armament for the prototype[1][2]. The single rear gunner had 2 ShKAS machine guns - 1 mounted to fire from a dorsal position, the other mounted to shoot through a ventral hatch. It was fitted with Mikulin AM-39 engines, but these had protracted development problems - they were unreliable and vibrated above 5000m altitude.

By 1942 flight testing showed several problems, and a major redesign was conducted - radiators were moved to the wings, the machine guns in the nose were replaced by 2 x ShVAK 20mm cannon, and 2 x 45mm 11P guns were fitted in the wing roots. The gunner's 2 x ShKAS were replaced by a single 12.7mm UBT machine gun. Engine reliability was not improved, so AM-38F engines (as fitted to Il-2's) were fitted instead - and these had much lower output resulting in predictably lower performance, especially at higher altitudes due to the AM-38's single stage supercharger optimised for lower altitudes.

This configuration was renamed the TIS-MA.

Flight testing of the TIS-MA from June-September 1944 found it performed as expected with the new engines - being generally disappointing at altitude. Calculations showed much better performance if the desired AM-39's could be fitted. However fate intervened - Polikarpov died on 30 July of stomach cancer, and when the TIS-MA crashed on 15 September it spelled the end of the program - his design bureau was being shut down and none of the others could or would take it on.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.

Polikarpov Design Bureau (Опытное конструкторское бюро Поликарпова)
I-15 Fighters  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis · I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16 Fighters  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-180 FIghters  I-180S · I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
Twin-Engine Fighter  TIS MA
Bombers  Po-2
Export  ␗I-15bis · ␗I-153 M-62 · ␗I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · ␗I-16 type 17 · I-16 Chung 28

USSR twin-engine fighters
Petlyakov  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
Polikarpov  TIS MA
Yakovlev  I-29

USSR premium aircraft
Fighters  I-16 type 28 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P · I-180S · I-301
  LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-11
  Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3T · Golovachev's Yak-9M
  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5
  ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc · ▂Fw 190 D-9
Twin-engine fighters  I-29 · TIS MA
Jet fighters  MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17AS
Attackers  IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2 M-82 · Su-6 · Tandem MAI
Bombers  Be-6 · MBR-2-M-34 · Pe-2-205 · TB-3M-17-32
  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30

Winter events
2019  Operation F.R.O.S.T.
Pilot stars  TIS MA · J6K1
Tanker stars  QF 3.7 Ram · Merkava Mk.2B
Sailor stars  94 ft PT-811 · Type 1924 Jaguar
2018  Festive Quest
Pilot stars  M.B.152C1 · Fw 190 C
Tanker stars  SU-85A · T30
Christmas Lights  P-43A-1 · Comet I "Iron Duke IV"
2017  Festive Quest
Pilot christmas toys  P-40C · NC.900
Tanker christmas toys  AEC Mk II · Ersatz M10
Christmas Lights  Fw 189 A-1 · KV-2 (1940)
2016  Winter Holiday
Pilot stages  Ki-21-I hei · Me 262 A-2a
Tanker stages  ▃LVT(A)(4) ZIS-2 · ▂Type 62
2015  War Thunder Fulfills Your Wishes!
Pilot reward  ▂P-63C-5
Tanker reward  VK 45.01 (P)
2014  Holiday War Thunder Marathon!
Pilot reward  I-301
Tanker reward  M8A1
2013  Winter Magic!
Rewards  TB-3M-17-32 · XF5F