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VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.59 tTake-off weight
5.93 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
14500 mCeiling
Klimov RD-500Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1000 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannonWeapon 1
180 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
99000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png20000 / 25220/21000 / 26481/6680 / 8423Repair
110000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1800 Ge icon.pngAces
202 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
400 % Sl icon.png310 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Yak-23.jpg

The Yak-23 is a rank V Russian jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/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

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 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

  • 57 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 8 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.


Offensive armament

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.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
 ???  ???  ???  ???  ???  ???  ???


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Offensive 23 mm
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings repair New 23 mm cannons
IV Engine Cover

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-21SMT · MiG-21bis
Lavochkin  La-174 · La-15 · La-200
Sukhoi  Su-7B · Su-7BKL
Ilyushin  IL-28 · IL-28Sh
Tupolev  Tu-14T