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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
GarageImage Yak-23.jpg
8.0 8.3 7.7
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Purchase:390 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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The Yak-23 is a rank V Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB), 8.3 (RB), and 7.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

The Yak-23 is a Soviet single-engined jet fighter initially designed to intercept high altitude, long range bombers such as the B-29. As such, it has an extremely light airframe and relatively powerful jet which gives it an enormous thrust-to-weight ratio, making it one of the best climbing/accelerating jets in War Thunder.

Conversely however, the Yak-23 is not only a good bomber hunter but also an excellent fighter. No jet can accelerate with the Yak-23 below 800 kph and no jet in the Yak-23's BR bracket can climb with it unless it has a massive energy advantage; thus, the Yak-23 has full reign over the vast majority of opponents it meets.

The Yak-23 cannot carry any ordinance and is thus subjugated to purely fighter duties. However, it is by far the strongest fighter/bomber interceptor at its BR, and should be used accordingly.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 0 m929 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude14 500 m
EngineKlimov RD-500
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight4 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 916 905 14500 19.2 19.9 37.8 36.6 650
Upgraded 939 929 18.8 19.0 52.8 45.0


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 + -
1000 350 N/A N/A 320 ~11.5 ~8.5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 450 < 420 < 500 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Klimov RD-500 1 2,110 kg 208 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 9m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel
567 kg Centrifugal-flow turbojet 2,341 kg 2,608 kg 2,851 kg 3,590 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (112%)
Condition 100% 112% 9m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel MTOW
Stationary 1,367 kgf 1,519 kgf 0.65 0.58 0.53 0.42
Optimal 1,367 kgf
(0 km/h)
1,519 kgf
(0 km/h)
0.65 0.58 0.53 0.42

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 000 km/h
Gear350 km/h
  • 57 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 8 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 700 → 9 709 Sl icon.png
RB24 000 → 30 264 Sl icon.png
SB23 000 → 29 003 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications128 000 Rp icon.png
238 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training110 000 Sl icon.png
Experts390 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
140 / 360 / 370 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
13 000 Rp icon.png
24 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods jet compressor.png
14 000 Rp icon.png
26 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
16 000 Rp icon.png
30 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
21 000 Rp icon.png
39 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
14 000 Rp icon.png
26 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
21 000 Rp icon.png
39 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
13 000 Rp icon.png
24 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods weapon.png
16 000 Rp icon.png
30 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon
Ammunition180 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: NR-23 (23 mm)

The Yak-23 is armed with:

  • 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, nose-mounted (90 rpg = 180 total)

Usage in battles

Light airframe + powerful engine = Yak-23. The Yak-23 is similar to a jet Yak-3 in that it has a ridiculous >.5 thrust-to-weight ratio.

On that note, always take minimum fuel (9 min). Fuel forms a significant part of the Yak-23's mass and high fuel loads and fuel loads greater than min. fuel will severely dampen the Yak-23's performance. Ammo is limited enough as it is so extra fuel should not be necessary anyway.


One should fight purely in the vertical and utilize the Yak-23's excellent maneuverability to take careful shots and stay out of the line of enemy guns. Energy-conserving chandelles and stalls are by far the most effective tactics to utilize as they best use the Yak-23's insane acceleration and climb rate.

The G.91 is by far the greatest threat to the Yak-23, as it is a small target, faster, and has high-velocity quick-firing Browning M3 machine guns that will make quick work of the Yak-23. That, combined with its excellent roll rate makes it exceedingly difficult to hit with the low-velocity 23 mm mounted on the Yak-23.

Pros and cons


  • Climb rate unrivaled by anything except rocket-powered aircraft
  • Acceleration at <800 kph unrivaled by anything except rocket-powered aircraft
  • Guns are excellent when they work
  • Excellent maneuverability


  • Plane wobbles badly while maneuvering above 700 kph
  • Sparkle-guns with low velocity and fire rate
  • Small ammunition pool
  • Stealth belt is entirely composed of AP rounds


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See also

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A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Yak-1  Yak-1 · Yak-1B
Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB · I-29
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-4  Yak-4
Yak-7  Yak-7B
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Yak-9K · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9P · Yak-9T · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT
Jet Fighters  Yak-15P · Yak-15 · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30 · Yak-38 · Yak-38M
Foreign Use  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T
Captured  ▀Yak-1B

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