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The Yak-7B is a rank II Russian fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 2.3 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

The aircraft has a lightweight body and a good engine making it very capable of dealing with any kind of enemy. It has decent manoeuvrability for it's battle rating. It is most efficient up to 4,000 m (13,123 ft). It's not recommended to use in a turn fight, but if necessary extending the laps helps a lot. It can climb well making flying away not so difficult. The Yak 7B can withstand from 10 G to -8 G.

Max Speed
(km/h at 3,650 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
553 538 9900 22.3 23.0 13.2 13 387
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,650 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
585 570 9900 21.0 21.5 18 15.5 387


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
410 ~10 ~8
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 420 < 490 > 340
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
700 m 1,260 hp N/A
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,900 m 1,175 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

The aircraft can take a few hits in the engine and in the hull. It's not fantastic, like the P-400, but is OK. It has 8 mm (0.31 in) of steel on the seat. You can avoid most of the enemy aircraft but stalling this fighter is a death wish. Any Bf-110 or the other Boom & Zoom type aircraft will kill you. It's effective to gradually reduce your speed and make circles clockwise to make enemies overshoot.


Offensive armament

The Yak-7B is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon, nose-mounted (120 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine guns, nose-mounted (260 rpg left + 140 rpg right = 400 total)

Suspended armament

Main articles: FAB-50 (50 kg), RS-82, RBS-82

The Yak-7B can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (100 kg total)
  • 6 x RS-82 rockets
  • 6 x RBS-82 rockets

Usage in battles

The Yak-7B is a versatile aircraft that can destroy both ground or air targets.

It is easiest to destroy anti-aircraft artillery or lightly armoured vehicles with your cannon, MG-s or suspended armaments. If you can aim your rockets good enough you can even perchance destroy a tank. The easiest tactic for pounding ground targets is flying low and fast.

For destroying air targets you can get rockets and go head-on with light aircraft like: I-16, Japanese zero-s and biplanes. If encountering heavily armoured airplanes fire rockets from a safe distance and turn away. There are Boom & Zoom options for bombers and ground attack vehicles that come near the ground. Your most common targets should be: Beaufighters, IL-2 s, F-4U-s, Bf 109-s and Hurricanes. To deal with less manoeuvrable aircraft, force them into a turn and take your time making your shots count on a relatively easy target.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm BI-42
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm RO-82
IV Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Armament is a big step up from Yak-1: Nose-mounted 1 x 20 mm ShVAK & 2 x 12.7 mm UBS Machinegun proves a very effective combination
  • Capable of using rockets for both air and ground targets


  • No WEP, prone to overheating in realistic and simulator battles
  • Engine underperforms above 4,000 m; incapable of intercepting high-altitude bombers
  • Worse manoeuvrability compared to all other Yakovlev fighter series
  • The wooden airframe can't sustain high compression during dive in high speed, resulting in wing rips above 500 km/h
  • Any kind of fire will quickly spread across the plane


The Yakovlev Yak-7 was originally intended as a two-seat trainer version of the Yak-1 fighter plane for the Soviet Air Force and only armed with 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS MG for gunnery practice. Eventually, engineers at the Yakovlev Design Bureau modified the plane into a single-seat fighter superior to the Yak-1. The plane was armed with a single, propeller-mounted 20 mm ShVAK autocannon and 2 x ShKAS machine guns in the engine cowling and included armour for the cockpit. The plane was quickly adopted by the air force and production was approved by late 1941. Unfortunately, Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the USSR had already begun and the relocation of factories to the Urals and more pressing needs elsewhere meant only 65 were available at the end of the year. Though it would see service as a fighter and interceptor, the aircraft was more often used as a fighter-bomber due to its ability to carry bombs and rockets for use against the Nazi and Italian ground forces. The Yak-7B would be introduced in 1942 and had a reduced wingspan, improved on-board systems, and an easier-to-produce undercarriage compared to the Yak-7A. Production of the Yak-7B would amount to over 5,000 aircraft produced. It would later see service with Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Mongolia, Poland, and Yugoslavia, which only received 2 Yak-7V planes. The Free French Air Force Normandie-Niemen squadron would also employ the plane on the Eastern Front, eager to get revenge against the Luftwaffe that had bested them on the home front.

In-game description

This Soviet single-engine fighter was based on the Yak-7UTI, a tandem-seat advanced trainer based on the Yak-1. The first Yak-7B rolled off the production line at Yakovlev in 1942; the last one was made in 1944.

The Yak-7B's armaments consisted of two 12.7 mm Berezin machine guns and one 20 mm ShVAK cannon. In addition, bombs aboard the plane could be suspended. In all, the plane's manufacturer made more than 5,000 Yak-7Bs.


See also

External links

A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Yak-1  Yak-1 · Yak-1B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U
Yak-7  Yak-7B
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Yak-9K · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9P · Yak-9T · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT
Twin-engine fighters  I-29
Jet fighters 
Yak-15  Yak-15P · Yak-15
Yak-17  Yak-17
Yak-23  Yak-23
Yak-30  Yak-30
Strike aircraft 
Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB
Yak-38  Yak-38 · Yak-38M
Bombers  Yak-4
Jet bombers  Yak-28B
Foreign use  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T
Captured  ▀Yak-1B

USSR fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis
I-153  I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28 · I-180S
I-29  I-29
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
ITP  ITP (M-1)
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Yak-1/7  Yak-1 · Yak-1B · Yak-7B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
Other countries  ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc
P-39  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
P-63  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5