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"High performance jet trainer aircraft. You'll be looping the loop, buzzing the tower, and dropping the big one before you can say "American Imperialism." Pack a parachute and clean underwear."
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The Western Company Besra is a military trainer jet featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the San Andreas Flight School Update.

Design

Grand Theft Auto V

The aircraft is heavily inspired by several military jets, mostly training ones. Its body and air intake ramps seem to have been inspired by the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter light fighter aircraft and by the CASA C-101 single engine jet-powered advanced trainer and light attack aircraft, with wings and empennage similar to those found on the Aero L-39 Albatros and Hongdu JL-8 jet trainers. However, the single engine suggests that it is based on the Northrop F-20 Tigershark.

The aircraft can spawn in multiple different primary and secondary colors, most often being green as primary and black as secondary or grey as primary and yellow as secondary. The Besra always features the number 22 on the front part of the fuselage and star emblems on its wings and middle rudder.

Like the P-996 LAZER, the Besra is fitted with an ejection seat that will propel the pilot upwards and away from the aircraft when exiting in mid-flight. However, the seat does not get ejected along with the player.

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Performance

Grand Theft Auto V

In general, the aircraft possesses excellent speed and maneuverability. Its engine has an afterburner like the P-996 LAZER, and as such, blue exhaust plumes can be seen shooting out of the airplane's exhaust. The plane's top speed is extremely fast, making it the third fastest vehicle in the game (only below that of the LAZER), but still having a higher acceleration in comparison (the highest of the game), being able to take off much faster. Thanks to a short wingspan and light fuselage, it has an incredibly responsive handling, as the player is able to execute many aerobatic stunts with ease. The plane's controls are very sensitive and precise. The Besra can slow down rapidly, and can take-off/land on short ranges, which makes this aircraft very good to land on roads. Like the LAZER, the Besra is particularly nose-heavy. This makes gliding in the event of engine failure nearly impossible.

Given that the Besra is a training jet, there are no on-board weapons. In essence, it is simply a weaponless LAZER. 

GTA V Overview


Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Vertical Climb/ Descent Rate
(ft/min)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta
N/A 204.2 / 328.6 / 177.4 N/A N/A N/A 8000 / 17637 65
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
3.2 Seconds 144 / 232 / 125 (Landing Gear Down)
150 / 241 / 130 (Landing Gear Up)
N/A Single turbojet engine w/ afterburner Middle/Rear Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Besra-GTAV-RSCStats
Speed
99.989799%
Acceleration
100%
Braking
100%
Agility
39.215721%

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Locations

Grand Theft Auto V

Original version
  • Available in the protagonists' hangars upon downloading the DLC.
Enhanced version
  • 3 can be found flying in formation around Fort Zancudo and through Lago Zancudo.
  • Can be found next to the hangars at the western end of Fort Zancudo. A unique gray version with black accents occasionally spawns here, though the green and gray versions with yellow accents are more common.
  • Can be bought on Elitás Travel for $658,000.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can be bought for $1,150,000 on Elitás Travel.

Events

Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia

General

  • The aircraft's name comes from the besra, a bird of prey native to Eastern and Southeastern Asia. Many aircraft in real-life are also named after birds such as the falcon.
  • It is the first trainer aircraft to appear in the Grand Theft Auto.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Despite the fact that the Besra has no weaponry, a jet aiming HUD is present on the control panel inside the cockpit. This is most likely a developer's oversight as the result of the Besra's control panel being reused from the LAZER's. It could also indicate that the Besra is a lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT), an advanced trainer aircraft that has some degree of combat capability.
  • The number 22 at the front of the cockpit has a slightly faulty texturing, rarely noticable when changing camera view on the turf of the Los Santos International Airport, with the runway lights making it disappear.
  • Unlike the LAZER, it is possible to look backwards on the hood view (X360/PS3).
  • When the Besra is selected from Trevor Philips's hangar, it will spawn outside, on the left side of the runway. The same happens with the Miljet. This occurs because both aircraft are too big to fit into the hangar.

See Also

  • P-996 LAZER - A military multi-role fighter jet featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.
  • Hydra - A military VTOL fighter jet featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and GTA Online as a part of the Heists Update.
  • V-65 Molotok - A Korean War-era jet fighter included in the Smuggler's Run update for GTA Online.
  • Pyro - A WWII-era jet fighter included in the Smuggler's Run update for GTA Online.
  • LF-22 Starling - A WWII-era rocket-powered fighter plane included in the Smuggler's Run update for GTA Online.
  • P-45 Nokota - A WWII-era fighter plane included in the Smuggler's Run update for GTA Online.
  • Rogue - A single-prop military trainer plane that can be repurposed as an attack plane, included in the Smuggler's Run update for GTA Online.
  • Rustler - A WWII-era fighter plane featured in GTA: San Andreas.
  • Vulkan - A cut military VTOL fighter jet that was to appear in GTA V. It shares its physical appearance and performance with the Hydra.

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