Yakovlev Yak-130

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Yak-130 at the Farnborough Air Show 2012
Role Advanced trainer / Light fighter
National origin Russia
Manufacturer Irkut Corporation
Design group Yakovlev
First flight 26 April 1996
Introduction 19 February 2010[1]
Status Active
Primary user Russian Air Force
Number built 85[2][3]
Unit cost
$15 million[4]
Developed into Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master

The Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten[5]) is a subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft or lead-in fighter trainer originally developed by Yakovlev and Aermacchi. Development of the plane began in 1991, and the maiden flight was conducted on 26 April 1996. In 2002, it won a Russian government tender for training aircraft, and in 2009 the aircraft entered service with the Russian Air Force. As an advanced training aircraft, the Yak-130 is able to replicate the characteristics of several 4+ generation fighters as well as the fifth-generation Sukhoi PAK FA. It can also perform light-attack and reconnaissance duties, carrying a combat load of 3,000 kg.


In the early 1990s, the Soviet government asked the industry to develop a new aircraft to replace the Czech-made Aero L-29 Delfín and Aero L-39 Albatros jet trainers. Five design bureaus put forward proposals. Among them were the Sukhoi S-54, Myasishchev M-200, Mikoyan MiG-AT, and Yakovlev Yak-UTS. In 1991, the other proposals were dropped and only the MiG-AT and Yak-UTS remained.[citation needed]

Development of Yak-UTS started in 1991 and the design was completed in September 1993. The same year, Yakovlev entered an agreement with the Italian company Aermacchi to work together on the plane, which now became Yak/AEM-130. The Yak-130 version was to be offered for the Russian and the M-346 version for the Italian market.[citation needed] On 10 April 2002, it was announced that Yak-130 had been chosen as the winner of the tender for trainer aircraft for basic and advanced pilot training, beating the MiG-AT.[6]

Plans to develop a Light Attack Aircraft based on the Yak-130, came to a halt in the late 2011. Dubbed Yak-131, the aircraft failed to meet "enhanced pilot protection" requirements, put forward by the Russian Air Force.[7] Focus has shifted to a Sukhoi Su-25 replacement, instead.[8] The Light Attack Aircraft was slated to enter service by the year 2020.[7]


Yak-130 is an advanced pilot training aircraft, able to replicate characteristics of Russian 4th and 5th generation fighters.[9] This is possible through the use of open architecture digital avionics compliant with a 1553 Databus, a full digital glass cockpit, four-channel digital Fly-By-Wire System (FBWS) and Instructor controlled and variable FBWS handling characteristics and embedded simulation. The type also has a Head-up display (HUD) and a Helmet-Mounted-Sighting-System (HMSS), with a double GPS/GLONASS receiver updating an Inertial Reference System (IRS) for highly accurate navigation and precision targeting.[10] The developer estimates that the plane can cover up to 80% of the entire pilot flight training program.[11]

In addition to its training role, the aircraft is capable of fulfilling Light Attack and Reconnaissance duties.[9] It can carry a combat load of 3,000 kilograms (6,600 pounds), consisting of various guided and un-guided weapons, auxiliary fuel tanks and electronic pods.[11] According to its chief designer Konstantin Popovich, during a testing phase that ended in December 2009, the plane was tested with "all airborne weapons with a weight of up to 500 kg that are in service in the Russian Air Force".[9] Yak-130 has nine hard points: two wingtip, six under-wing and one under-fuselage.[10]

Yak-130 at MAKS 2005 air show

The aircraft's twin engines are mounted under extended wing roots, which reach as far forward as the windscreen. Two Ivchenko Progress AI-222-25 Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) produce a combined total of 49 kilonewtons (11,000 pound-force) of thrust. An upgraded, "-28" engine is also on offer, increasing the thrust to 53 kN (12,000 lbf). At a normal Take-Off Weight of 7,250 kg (15,980 lb), a Thrust-to-Weight ratio of 0.70 is achieved with the "-25", or 0.77 with the "-28" engines. This compares with 0.65 for the BAE Systems Hawk 128 and 0.49 for the Aero Vodochody L-159B.[10]

Maximum internal fuel capacity is 1,700 kg (3,700 lb). With two external combat fuel tanks the figure increases to 2,600 kg (5,700 lb). Maximum true airspeed is Mach 0.93 (572 knots), service ceiling is 12,500 metres (41,000 feet) and load factors are from −3 to +9 g. Typical Take-Off speed and distance in a "clean" configuration are 209 km/h (113 kn) and 550 m (1,800 ft), whilst landing figures are 191 km/h (103 kn) and 750 m (2,460 ft), respectively. Cross wind limit is 56 km/h (30 kn).[10]

The Yakovlev Yak-130 is equipped with the FBWS controlled engine intake blanking doors, in order to prevent the aircraft's engines from sustaining Foreign object damage when operating from unpaved runways and grass strips.[12]

The large canopies are sideways hinged.

Combat training suite on the Yak-130 includes simulated and real firing systems with air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, bomb dropping, gun firing and on-board self-protection systems.

Operational history[edit]

Yak-130 at MAKS-2011

Yak-130 prototype completed its maiden flight, registered as RA-431130, on 25 April 1996 at Zhukovsky airfield.

On 30 April 2004, the first pre-series Yak-130, assembled at the Sokol plant in Nizhny Novgorod, performed its maiden flight.[1]The plane was put on display for the first time at the Paris Air Show in June 2005.[6] It was followed by three more pre-series aircraft.

In December 2009, the aircraft completed state trials and was accepted for service in the Russian Air Force.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Orders and deliveries[edit]

In 2005, Russian Air Force made its first order for 12 Yak-130s. The Russian Air Force intends to buy at least 72 Yak-130s, enough to equip four training regiments.[17] Commander-in-Chief, Colonel General Aleksandr Zelin, announced on 8 November 2011, that the Russian Defence Ministry was to sign a contract within two weeks with Irkut Corporation for 65 additional aircraft[18] – 55 firm orders plus 10 options.[10] Zelin stated that deliveries were expected to be completed by 2017.[18]

The first serial aircraft was handed to a training center in Lipetsk on 19 February 2010.[1] Once the 2005 contract for 12 Sokol plant-made Yak-130s for the Russian Defence Ministry was fulfilled in June 2011, a decision was made that all subsequent Yak-130 orders, both domestic and export ones, would be handled by the Irkutsk Aviation Plant of the Irkut Corporation.[19] However, the Russian Air Force only took delivery of the first Yak-130 by the Irkutsk in October 2012.[20] "The first batch of Yak-130 combat trainers flew from the Irkut plant to the Borisoglebsk airfield, after an extensive flight testing program", stated Colonel Andrei Bobrun.[21]

In February 2014 Irkut Corporation revealed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) to supply additional Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced jet trainer aircraft to the National Air Force. According to Irkut president Oleg Demchenko, the company in December signed a contract with the Defense Ministry on the delivery of 12 Yak-130 aircraft to form a new aerobatics team.[22][23] At the same time, second contract occurred to be signed for 10 more aircraft, for the Russian Naval Aviation.[24]

In April 2012, Irkut Corporation president, Alexey Fedorov claimed that there are "more than ten potential customers".[25]

In November 2012, Sergey Kornev, a representative of the Rosoboronexport (Russia's state intermediary agency for exports/imports of defense-related products) said Malaysia and several other countries are also interested of Yak-130. He was speaking at the China Airshow 2012 in the Chinese city of Zhuhai.[26]

In December 2012, Government of Belarus signed an agreement with Russia to provide four Yak-130 to Belorus by 2015.[27] By the end of 2013, all four aircraft were delivered, according to Russian Federal Military Cooperation Agency Vice-president Konstantin Birulin.[28]

Libya put an order for 6 planes. Deliveries to Libya were expected in 2011–2012,[9] but the Libyan National Transitional Council cancelled Libya's order for Yak-130s in September 2011 as part of a review of all existing arms contracts.[29]

Syria has agreed to purchase 36 aircraft,[30] but delivery of these has been postponed by Russia due to the conflict in Syria.[31]In May 2014 Russia announced that it will supply Syria with Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced jet trainer aircraft. Syria is expected to receive nine aircraft by the end of 2014, twelve in 2015 and fifteen in 2016, for overall of 36 airplanes.[32][33]

The Uruguayan Air Force is considering the aircraft for the future replacement of the A-37[34] with the F-5 Freedom Fighter as another possible candidate.[35]

Russia has offered the Yak-130 to Serbia as part of a US$3 billion loan for the upgrading of the Serbian Armed Forces.[citation needed]

In January 2014 Bangladesh ordered 24 Yak-130. The aircraft will be bought with an extended loan from Russia.[36]


Yakovlev Yak-130
Basic dual seat advanced trainer
Yakovlev Yak-131
Single seat light attack aircraft[citation needed]
Yakovlev Yak-133
Single seat recon aircraft[citation needed]
Yakovlev Yak-135
Four seat VIP transport[citation needed]


  • Russian Air Force has 60 in service by 17 February 2015.[39][40][41] 42 of those are stationed in Borisoglebsk air base, while 16 are in Armavir air base. Two more are in Flight academy of Zhukovski and Gagarin in Voronezh.[39][42][43][44][45]

The RuAF placed a firm order for 55 aircraft in December 2011, with a delivery deadline by 2015. In December 2013, two new contracts were signed for a total delivery of 22.[24][46][22]Russia has a total requirement of 72 to 200 aircraft.[47]


Specifications (Yak-130)[edit]


Data from www.yak.ru[50]

General characteristics



A symmetric or asymmetric weapon load, weighing up to 3,000 kg (6,600 lb) and consisting of various guided and un-guided weapons, auxiliary fuel tanks and electronics pods[11] can be carried on 9 hardpoints: 1 on each wingtip, 3 under each wing, and 1 under the fuselage.[10]

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


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