Yak-2 KABB

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The Yak-2 KABB is a rank I Russian attacker with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB) and 2.7 (SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

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.

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,800 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
492 480 9100 20.3 20.6 9.2 9.2 450
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,800 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
548 520 9100 17.9 19.8 21.0 12.8 450


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
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Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel plate in pilot's seat.


Offensive armament

The Yak-2 KABB is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, chin-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, chin-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: FAB-100 (100 kg)

The Yak-2 KABB can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (400 kg total)

Usage in battles

In Ground RB, the Yak-2 can act as an excellent fighter, as it excels in low-alt combat. You can also exploit the 4 x FAB-100s on board to hit light targets like TDs and SPAAs. The Yak-2 is highly manoeuvrable and fast at the low altitudes of dogfights in the game mode and the twin ShVAK cannons will shred enemy airframes, although take care on expelling too much ammunition as you can only carry 150 rounds per cannon. Do not attempt heavy dives as the controls easily lock up, and the cockpit has no forward facing protection, so head-on attacks are very risky. Despite its size and use as an attacker, no defensive armament exists on the aircraft.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs DZ-40
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Multi-role - Fighter/Ground Attacker
  • Very manoeuvrable at low altitudes
  • Powerful armament it consists of 2 ShVAKs Cannons and 2 ShKAS machine guns
  • Armament is more than adequate to destroy enemy aircraft
  • Good speed it allows it to be used as a bomber interceptor
  • Can actually be used as a heavy fighter
  • Decent rate of climb


  • Payload option is only 4 x 100 kg bomb. Making the base-bombing almost ineffective
  • No defensive armaments
  • Although the manoeuvrability is redeeming, the speed is another story
  • The cockpit doesn't have armoured plexiglass, head-on attacks are very dangerous
  • Engines are easily damaged/water cooled
  • Controls stiffen in high-speed dives


George Mozharovsky and Ivan Venevidov (MV) were two renowned designers of aircraft armament. They specialized in developing and building many variants of reloading systems, targeting sights, weapon suspensions systems, bomb deployment mounts and the "MV" series of aircraft gun turrets. In late 1940, Mozharovsky and Venevidov invented a new type of gun mount for attack aircraft called the "комбинированной артиллерийско-бомбардировочной батареей" (Russian for "Combined artillery-bomb battery") or KABB for short which was mounted to the ventral side of the aircraft. The premise behind this gun mount was it utilized two 20-mm ShVAK cannons and two ShKAS machine guns and the cannons could be pivoted mechanically from horizontal to downside of a maximum of 30 degrees. The cannons pivoted electrically while they were connected to the K-8T gun sight which pivoted mechanically tracking with the cannons, automatically adjusting as the cannons moved. The cannons could be fixed at an intermediate position between the 0 and 30-degree range. This system allowed the pilot to maintain horizontal flight and set up for his bombing run while suppressing the target with cannon fire at the same time. Hence the name for "combined artillery-bomb battery."

Installation of the KABB-MV system into the Yak-2 required significant modifications to the main fuselage and cockpit. The nose of the aircraft was removed along with part of the side panels to allow for the installation of plexiglass, significantly improving the visual field of the pilot. Bomber controls were also relocated into the pilot’s cockpit due to the navigator/bomber/gunner position being removed. Because of the installation of the fixed and movable frames of the KABB system and addition of ammunition cartridge boxes, the floor of the navigator’s cabin was removed.

Tests of this new system in March to April 1941 produced favourable results, with recommendations to attach this new system to single and double-engined aircraft. Unfortunately, the German invasion in June 1941 halted all prototype work to focus on the enemy threat.


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

USSR strike aircraft
Su-2  BB-1 · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1 · Su-2 (M-82)
Su-6  Su-6 · Su-6 (AM-42) · Su-6 (M-71F)
IL-2  IL-2 (1941) · IL-2 (1942) · IL-2M (1943) · IL-2M type 3 · IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2-37 · IL-2 M-82
IL-10  IL-10 · IL-10 (1946)
Pe-3  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
Tandem MAI  Tandem MAI
Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB