First in-engine images of Yak-9 for IL-2: Great Battles

With 14,000 produced between 1942 and well after World War II was over, the Yak-9 was one of the most mass produced fighters in the Russian arsenal and in history as well. Today we’re getting our first look at this prolific fighter for IL-2: Great Battles with the fully textured and in-engine look at the exterior while the interior modeling still has some ways to go.

Time for the Yak-9

Looking at the exterior, you can see that the Yak-9 is a relatively sleek fighter that has shed some of the ungainly appearances of the earlier Yak-7 and that this version of the fighter looks quite a bit like the Yak-1B although under the skin the aircraft are somewhat different.

Armament is the Russian standard single 20mm ShVAK canon firing through the propeller hub and a single 12.7mm UBS machine gun in the nose decking. The other machine gun was removed to reduce weight and improve the overall performance of the fighter.

We also have our first looks at the cockpit for the Yak-9 which is well underway.

Interesting to note, the ring and bead gunsight is up at the front of the aircraft. This I was not expecting and I am curious what the history is behind it as well as if the reflector gunsight will be offered. In the IL-2, pilots had the reflector gunsight removed as it was a hazard in a crash landing.

The Yak-9T is also on its way and apparently will be worked on immediately after the Yak-9 is finished. The 9T introduces some important changes with a 37mm cannon in the nose, the movement of the cockpit backwards to accommodate, and a few other small tweaks and changes. Interestingly, the Yak-9T only weighs 40kg more than the regular Yak-9 so the 37mm cannon firepower upgrade offers very little negative impact.

I will be doing a comparison across all of the Yak series once they are all available.

Where does the Yak-9 and Yak-9T fit in?

A common question is where do the Yak-9’s fit into the currently available content. Fortunately some weeks ago, BlackSix answered this on the forums with information about the Yak-9:


BoS: maybe separate planes were coming to the Stalingrad front, there is no exact data, it is not planned in the career

BoK: from early May to mid-June 1943, 2 regiments

BlackSix on the IL-2 forums

And 9T:


BoK: these fighters were not used in the Kuban battle during our career time period, it will be available as a non-historical plane from July 5 (from the moment the front-line tests began) in one of the regiments.

BlackSix on the IL-2 forums

Can’t wait!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Blue 5 says:

    Still on the fence about the Yaks (Hurri was instant buy). I doubt I would ever fly them, bit I feel honour-bound to support the team.

    Any readers here want a gift?

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  2. CanadaOne says:

    I’ll probably get this Yak, bit not the 37mm version.

    As for receiving gifts, I’m sure someone on the BOX forums would be happy to receive one. I’ve received and gifted a few planes. I really like that level of interaction with the BOX series.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      You don’t want the one with the big hammer? 🙂


  3. 57.GIAP.MADOV says:

    These two collector planes will almost complete the family. The only outstanding one of the main typeswill then be the Yak-3 which ended up as one of the very best pure fighter aircraft of the whole war. At some point I do hope that Great Battles returns to a late war Eastern Front map to include this type alongside the La-7.

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    1. bigalrico says:

      Unfortunately I can’ t find it at the moment, but when the question about a possible Fw 190 A9 was asked, it was said (I think by Blacksix) that later aircraft (end 44/beginning 45) would be saved for another eastern front scenario and therefore not be included as collector aircraft.
      Accordingly we have good chances 😀

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      1. ShamrockOneFive says:

        Absolutely. I’m sure the team would like to finish off the eastern front at some point and it’d be a fantastic opportunity to bring in the Yak-3, Yak-9M and or Yak-9U among many others.

        The German aircraft set does get a bit sparse at this point but 1CGS has been creative in the past.

        It may not be the next expansion or even the one after. But it’s good long range planning.

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