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Revision as of 19:36, 4 March 2019

General characteristics
1 personCrew
2.7 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Klimov RD-10Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
750 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
23 mm NS-23K cannonWeapon 1
60 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
86 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
350 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png16 000 / 20 144/8 900 / 11 205/2 570 / 3 235Repair
100 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
350 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 500 Ge icon.pngAces
× (190) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage Yak-15P.jpg

The Yak-15P is a Rank V Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB), 6.3 (RB), and 6.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.31.

The Yak-15 is arguably one of the most underestimated planes in the game. Although its stat card reveals what would be considered "sub-par" performance and armament, the Yak-15 is both a unique and deadly fighter. Unlike its propeller-driven counterparts, this first generation jet aircraft wields the ability to hold on to energy in a straight line, whereas prop aircraft will slowly lose speed. Holding speed coupled with its excellent rate of turn allows the Yak-15 to defend itself against both propeller and jet-powered fighters, which is what it will typically face in all game modes.

The Yak-15P's major faults include a low top speed, poor acceleration, little armor protection, and small ammunition pool which collectively make this aircraft harder to use than even other first generation jet aircraft such as the He 162 A-2, the Meteor F. Mk.3, and the F-80A-5. Although it is driven by a jet engine, it is important to recognize the faults and oddities within this aircraft series as they are not representative of the traditional "jet fighter" at all. The Yak-15 is most easily viewed as a late-war Yak-3 powered by a jet engine and with a different armament.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
719 699 13,250 19.1 20.1 19.7 19.2 366
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 13,250  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 366


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
750 450 520 ~26 ~20
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 420 < 500 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 910 kgf No WEP

Survivability and armour

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


Offensive armament

Main article: NS-23 (23 mm)

The Yak-15P is armed with:

  • 1 x 23 mm NS-23K cannon, nose-mounted (60 RPG)

Usage in the battles

In realistic battles, climbing with this aircraft at the start of a match is not always the best course of action, considering how poor the Yak-15's rate of climb is. Instead of the traditional and slow angled climb, the Yak-15 is best used in a "zoom climb" where once enough energy has been built up at a low altitude the Yak-15 pilot will pitch up, thus gaining altitude quickly. This way, if attacked during the first few minutes of the match, the Yak-15 still wields some energy whereas had the Yak-15 been slowly climbing, it would have had to face another aircraft's guns. To shake an enemy, especially a prop driven enemy, dive low to the ground to ensure your assailant's speed only decreases. This dive is called a "speed trap" and is effective when followed by either a "hammerhead" attack or a continuation of the escape. This tactic of utilising the Yak-15's ability to hold on to energy in a straight line is negated when facing other jet aircraft who wield the same ability; however, this is where the Yak-15's dogfighting abilities come into play. Because it is so similar to the Yak-3, the Yak-15 retains some of its manoeuvrability characteristics, namely its turn time. This facet often proves an indispensable one as other first-generation jets will not be able to maintain a tight enough turn circle.

However, the Yak-15P is severely hampered in its damage output due to its reliance on a single 23 mm NS-23K cannon, with 60 shells total. Expending this pool in seconds is possible. The Yak-15P shares this downfall with aircraft like the Ki-200, and the Me-163. Firing in small, accurate bursts negates this and is the most efficient way of destroying enemies. The 23 mm shells these cannons fire are extremely deadly when they hit and often rip enemies apart.

To use the guns most effectively, be close to your target. The reason for this is twofold: First, the limited ammo means you want your shots to count. Being close to your target will give your cannons the highest chance of hitting. The second reason is that of the ballistics of the 23 mm shells - their muzzle velocity is not very high, meaning you have to lead your targets by quite a bit. If you are closer to your mark, you won't have to lead them by quite as much, although still more than most other cannons.

With some practice, it is possible to consistently get about two fighter kills with one load of ammunition in realistic battles. Using the Air Targets belt is the most effective. However, attacking bombers is best left to other planes with more firepower, since the Yak-15 does not have the firepower or ammunition to kill heavy bombers without sustaining massive damage reliably. Heavy fighters such as the F7F-1 may also take longer to destroy than other opponents.

In arcade battles, the Yak-15 is capable of breaking up a "furball" due to its impressive turn time. The turn time coupled with its hard-hitting cannon makes any Yak-15 pilot an indispensable asset to any arcade team.

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 Offensive 23 mm
II Compressor Airframe
III Wing Repair New 23 mm Cannons
IV Engine Cover
  • Obtaining the "Offensive 23 mm" modification is the best choice as it allows for more flexibility in armament. Next, try to obtain the "compressor" and "engine" upgrades as they both increase engine thrust which is essential in escaping from a dogfight turned sour. Finally, obtain the rest of the performance upgrades as they will all collectively increase top speed, turn time, and rate of climb.

Pros and cons


  • Excellent turn time for a jet fighter
  • Good armament
  • Outstanding roll rate
  • Fairly responsive at higher speeds


  • Slow for a jet fighter
  • Low ammunition count
  • Poor rate of climb
  • Poor acceleration
  • Lack of armour protection
  • Inability to carry a payload


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