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Yak-9 (Russian: Як-9) was a Soviet single-engine fighter aircraft. It arrived at the front at the end of 1942, and was produced in very large numbers during World War II by the Soviet Union. The Yak-9 was the most mass-produced Soviet fighter of all time. It remained in production from 1942 to 1948, with 16,769 built (14,579 during the war). It was the first Soviet aircraft to shoot down a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet.
The Yak-9 is a vehicle featured in Battlefield 1942 and is the Red Army's main fighter aircraft. It has space for one player, who pilots the aircraft. It has two weapons available, its machine guns with 900 rounds of ammunition, and single bombs, with 15 units available. It spawns along with the Il-2 Sturmovik on all bases.
As with other fighter aircraft, the Yak-9 main role is mostly to support ground troops and to hunt enemy fighters and bombers. Its machine guns are very effective against lighter targets, such as aircraft and cars, and its single bomb can aid greatly in destroying enemy armor.
A bomb is also efficient against emplacements, as a single well-placed bomb can destroy any anti-aircraft gun, defgun or heavy machine gun position. The Yak-9 is especially fast and maneuverable, which makes it the optimal choice for dogfighting compared to other allied craft.
The Yak-9s prime weakness is its weak armor. Anti-aircraft guns rip through it in just a few shots. The Yak-9 requires a certain degree of skill to use effectively.