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The Yak-38M is a rank VI Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,190 1,186 12500 39.6 40.7 87.3 78.7 520
Upgraded 1,205 1,197 36.9 38.1 124.5 102.4


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 + -
1265 500 N/A 650 500 ~11 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 650 < 850 < 920 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic Mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Tumansky R-28V-300 (main) 1 7,240 kg 502 kg/m2
RD-38 (lift jets) 2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 7m fuel 20m fuel 23m fuel
1,420 kg (main) Vectored-thrust low-bypass turbofan 8,077 kg 9,631 kg 9,960 kg 10,300 kg
210 kg (lift jet) Axial-flow turbojet
Maximum main engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio in level flight @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 7m fuel 20m fuel 23m fuel MTOW
Stationary 7,120 kgf N/A 0.88 0.74 0.71 0.69
Optimal 7,120 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.88 0.74 0.71 0.69
Maximum lift engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio in VTOL (all 3 engines) @ 0 m (100%)
Stationary 3,230 kgf N/A 1.68 1.41 1.36 1.31

Survivability and armour

The Yak-38 has no armour. It is a fairly large target with the entire fuselage being taken up with engines and fuel tanks.


Offensive armament

Main article: GSh-23L (23 mm)

The Yak-38M is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • Without offensive armament
    • 1 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon, wing-mounted (160 rpg)

Suspended armament

Main articles: S-5KP, S-8M, S-24B, GSh-23L (23 mm)

The Yak-38M can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 4 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 10 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs (500 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-54 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-54 bombs + 2 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 64 x S-5KP rockets
  • 64 x S-5KP rockets
  • 96 x S-5KP rockets
  • 40 x S-8M rockets
  • 2 x S-24B rockets
  • 4 x S-24B rockets
  • 32 x S-5KP rockets + 2 x S-24B rockets
  • 2 x R-60 missiles
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg = 500 total) + 2 x R-60 missiles
  • 2 x R-60 missiles + 2 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 2 x R-60 missiles + 2 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs (500 kg total)
  • 2 x R-60 missiles + 32 x S-5KP rockets
  • 2 x R-60 missiles + 64 x S-5KP rockets
  • 2 x R-60 missiles + 2 x S-24B rockets
  • 2 x Kh-23M missiles

Usage in battles

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Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Compressor Fuselage repair Gun pod VSPU-36 FAB-250 UB-16
II New boosters Airframe Gun pod UPK-23-250 FAB-500 UB-32 R-60
III Wings repair G-suit Offensive 23 mm X-23M B-8M1
IV Engine Cover New 23 mm cannons C-24

Pros and cons


  • VTOL capabilities
  • Numerous payload options


  • Subsonic



Although Soviet engineers were experimenting with VTOL fixed wing aircraft design since the early 1960’s, it wasn’t until December 1967 before a formal order to develop a light VTOL strike aircraft as well as a corresponding trainer version was issued. As a result, engineers at the Yakovlev design bureau began work on the new aircraft in the late 1960’s, basing their design on experience gained from developing the preceding Yak-36 - an early VTOL demonstration design.

The new aircraft, designated Yak-36M, was being developed for immediate frontline service, operating both from land bases as well as aircraft-carrying ships. The aircraft’s primary role was that of a strike aircraft, engaging ground and surface targets while also being suited to intercept enemy aircraft and helicopters if necessary.

Not too long after work on the project began, the first prototype saw completion and conducted its maiden flight in December 1970. Subsequent prototypes and trials continued testing the aircraft's performance, particularly its novel VTOL capabilities. By 1973, the aircraft was considered ready and serial production commenced.

After some further testing and crew training, the aircraft officially entered service with the Soviet Navy in August 1977, receiving the designation Yak-38. By 1982, over 140 Yak-38’s were built, all of which served aboard the then new Kiev-class aircraft carriers. In the mid 1980’s, the modernized Yak-38M version came into service, most prominently featuring more powerful engines as well as other improvements. About 50 Yak-38M’s were built before the type was ultimately decommissioned in 1991.


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See also

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External links

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