4x R-60 at 9.0 is quite a sensitive topic, so i’ve been talking to people 1 to 1 a lot prior to making this post - please dont immediatelly rage in the comments and think it throughtly.
yak 38 is a very poor preforming aircraft, its turn time is 40 seconds, this means it turns slower than a B-17G, this alone though, does not prevent yak 38 from being a good plane - it is capable of dodging 10G aam’s with proper handling (though, only at high speeds and with great loss of speed - slow yak 38 is unable to dodge aam’s)
problems start to occur with yak 38’s max speed - it is unable to outrun most other 9.3 aircraft it faces, though, its climbing speed is quite decent, this falls short when taking into account that aircraft is unable to mount flares at all, and thus has to leak speed if enemy has any kind of aam.
if this wasnt bad enough already, yak 38 also leaks speed horribly in those shallow turns its capable of, thus its limited to flying in pretty much one direction until it gets out of combat.
while one might argue that aircraft from lower tiers stand no chance against 30G missiles yak 38 packs, i have to disagree, since yak 38 turns so poorly, getting a 10G missile in it feels like getting a 30G missile in a nimble aircraft, and due to yak 38’s poor turn rate, the 30g missiles it fires are already likely to approach target at a higher angle, thus being easier to dodge (but they can be dodged even if shot at 0° angle, so doesnt particulary matter anyway).
i shall also mention that those missiles are rear-aspect only, so if one is afraid of them so much, he can avoid them, by prioritizing yak-38’s and going to them, head-on.
last thing to debate is aircraft’s preformance, on 9.0 it is going to be a very fast aircraft with awesome climbing speed and horrific turn rate… does this remind you of anything? F-104, right, so if you think yak 38 would overpreform aircraft at lower br, then you better start uptiering F-104’s first.
before i create the topic im also going to say that it would be sensical for yak-38 to be limited to 2x R-60 aam’s since most lower tier aircraft at full speed could probably dodge two, but lose too much speed for the third one, leaving the yak 38 to finish the target with gun.