Sunday, March 7, 2010
The Commander-in-chief of the Russian Federation Air Force the colonel general Alexander Zelin said: «It is the first Yak-130 from those planned on this year. The plane opens new opportunities for effective trainings of the Air Force cadets. This combat-training complex will allow the young pilots to adapt faster to operate Russian Air Force fighters».
The new generation aircraft Yak-130 is developed by Yakovlev Design Bureau, part of the Irkut Corporation.
The president of Irkut Corporation, General Director of Yakovlev Design Bureau Oleg Demchenko said: «Yak-130 – the first plane completely designed and built during the Post-Soviet period. We have successfully finished the designing and tests of this plane, but also have set up a basis for its mass serial production. Deliveries of Yak-130 to the military forces will allow pilots substantially improve their trainings on the threshold of adoption of the new generation aircrafts».
Yak-130 was chosen for basic and advanced combat trainings of Russian Air Force pilots. First four aircrafts for the Russian Air Force are already built.
In November, 2007 «Preliminary resolution on the state joint tests of a sample combat-trainer aircraft Yak-130» has been confirmed. This document has opened the road for producing the first part of serial aircrafts.
In April 2009 Yak-130 passed the first stage of state joint tests with basic armament configuration. The tests with the enlarged armament configuration were completed in 2009.
The aircraft is intended as for combat trainings of the air staff so as for combat use on earth and land targets in normal and severe weather conditions. Nine external mount units allow the aircraft to carry up to 3000 kg of payload.
Advanced aerodynamics, new generation inboard avionics equipment, state of art newest power plant and aircraft systems provide:
• effective training of air staff and combat missions;
• high level of operating safety;
• low cost of flight hour and life cycle.