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This page is about the Russian fighter Yak-9P. For other uses, see Yak-9 (Family).


GarageImage Yak-9P.jpg

The Yak-9P is a Rank IV Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB) and 5.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.31.

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 5,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
638 620 10,500 22.7 23.0 15.1 15.1? 540
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 10,500  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 540


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
750 320 410 ~20 ~15
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 420 < 490 > 270
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,000 m 1,590 hp 1,670 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,300 m 1,510 hp 1,530 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel - Plate behind pilot's seat
  • 64 mm Bulletproof glass - Pilot's head rest
  • 64 mm Bulletproof glass - Front canopy window


Offensive armament

The Yak-9P is armed with:

  • A choice between three different cannons, the 20 mm B-20M, 23 mm NS-23, or the 37 mm N-37:
    • 1 x 20 mm B-20M cannon, nose-mounted (115 rpg)
    • 1 x 23 mm NS-23 cannon, nose-mounted (75 rpg)
    • 1 x 37 mm N-37 cannon, nose-mounted (28 rpg)
  • 2 x 20 mm B-20S cannon, nose-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)

Usage in battles

When stock, the Yak-9P will be pretty similar to the Yak-3P. Three 20 mm cannons which are good taking down fighters and heavy fighters, but its still quite hard to kill big targets such like B-17. When unlocking the 23 mm cannon, the damage is higher, but it carries significantly less ammo than the 20 mm. However, when equipping the 37 mm cannon, the effectiveness of the fighter increases significantly, having weaponry close to MiG-9 or MiG-15. The 37 mm cannon has an excellent rate of fire, won't jam easily, has great accuracy and carries a good amount of ammo. A single hit can kill a fighter or heavily damage it, and big bombers like B-17s will be killed with one or two hits on a wing.

The Yak-9P is best when used in turn fights and boom and zoom attacks, but speeds of 700 km/h or higher can end on low control response (making it hard to recover) and wings breaking. It can climbs best at 20 degrees and 10-15 above 4000 m. It has great engine performance and will sightly overheat after long WEP use, but will cool down quickly when reducing to just 85-90% throttle.

One rather unique feature of the Yak-9P is the modification possibility for ones own liking. The default setup is has got a centerline B-20M. It is virtually the same as the B-20S and utilizes the same belts OR one can switch out the 20 mm for a nasty 23 mm. The suggested modification by many pilots. The NS-23 has similar ballistics to the installed 20 mm cannons but packs more punch. Fortunately the rate of fire is lower for the NS-23 and both arms will run out of ammunition at roughly the same time. For the fellow pilots who still dreams of the Yak-9T: The 37 mm "howitzer", it is a deceptive package though! The N-37 is not the NS-37 from the Yak-9T and lacks any decent anti-armour shells, losing 20 mm of penetration. Two shells were also lost from the 9T, but on the bright side it still delivers painful HE warheads to the enemy.

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 20 mm New 20 mm Cannons
II Compressor Airframe Offensive 23 mm NS-23 Cannon
III Wing Repair Engine New 23 mm Cannons
IV Engine Injection Cover Offensive 37 mm N-37 Cannon New 37 mm Cannons

Four upgrades are of importance: Offensive 20 mm, Compressor, Engine and Engine Injection. During this grind the second weapons profile (NS-23) can be easily be obtained without wasting time or XP.

Pros and cons


  • Very fast
  • Powerful armament
  • Good energy retention, vertical & horizontal
  • Decent rate of climb


  • Can't reach speeds as high as other aircraft during dives (such like F7F, F8F, P-51)
  • Not very nimble at speeds lower than 300 km/h
  • Very high repair costs


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See also

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