Mikoyan MiG-AT

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MiG-AT
MiG-AT 81 83.jpg
MiG-AT "81" and "83"
Role Advanced trainer / Light attack aircraft
National origin Russia
Manufacturer Mikoyan
First flight 21 March 1996[1]
Status Cancelled
Number built 2

The Mikoyan MiG-AT is a Russian advanced trainer and light attack aircraft that first flew in 1996, designed to replace the Aero L-29 and L-39 for the Russian Air Force. The MiG-AT is the first joint aircraft development programme between Russia and France and the first military collaborative project between Russia and the West to reach first flight.[1] Besides the Russian Air Force and Air Defense Forces, Mikoyan sought to export the trainer to India, South Africa, Greece, France and nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The MiG-AT is more conventional than the competing Yak-130. It has a low-set, straight wing, engines mounted on either side of the fuselage and a mid-mounted tail. Two prototypes have been built. The first flight took place between 16 and 22 March 1996 in Zhukovsky and lasted seven minutes.

MiG-AT at MAKS-2007 airshow

Flight tests Equipped the AL-55I engine are succeed in 2008.[3]

The software suite of the MiG-AT allowed the aircraft to adopt the characteristics of third- and fourth-generation jet fighters.[1]

In March 2002, Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Mikhailov stated that the Yak-130 and the MiG-AT had been chosen as the Russian Air Force's new trainers.[4][5] The Yak-130, however, was said to be superior as it could serve the dual role of a trainer and combat jet.[6] Despite that, on 10 April 2002, it was announced that the Yak-130 had been chosen as the winner of the tender for trainer aircraft for basic and advanced pilot training, beating the MiG-AT.[7] By then, the two prototypes had amassed 750 flights.[6]

In June 2018, vice president of the United Aircraft Corporation Sergei Korotkov announced the Russian Defence Ministry is considering a revival of the program and possibility of using the aircraft as a main platform for base training of pilots. Further, it was reported by Viktor Bondarev if the decision is taken, the aircraft may enter the ranks of the Russian Air Force in 2023.[8]

Specifications (MiG-ATC)[edit]

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Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004,[9] airforce-technology.com,[10] deagel.com[11]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 12.01 (39 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.16 m (33 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 4.42 m (14 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 17.67 m² (190.2 ft²)
  • Loaded weight: 4,610 kg (10,163 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 7,800 kg (17,196 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 2,390 l (530 imp gal; 630 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 2 × SNECMA Turbomeca Larzac 04-R-20 turbofans, 14.40 kN (3,237 lbf) each

Performance

Armament

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Taverna, Michael (May 1, 1996). "Franco-Russian trainer hits sales trail". Interavia Business & Technology. Aerospace Media Publishing. ISSN 1423-3215. Retrieved August 22, 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Baumgardner, Neil (19 June 2001). "Russia's MiG Looks To Greece As Launch Customer For MiG-AT Trainer". Defense Daily. Retrieved 22 August 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Flight tests of the AL-55I engine developed by NPO Saturn on the MiG-AT training aircraft are successfully going on Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Butowski, Piotr (1 May 2002). "Russian military trainer strategy falls into place; the selection of the Yak-130 marks an important step towards replacing the country's aging fleet of L-39Cs. Things are moving in the simulator business, too". Interavia Business & Technology. Aerospace Media Publishing. ISSN 1423-3215. Retrieved 22 August 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Pronina, Lyuba (1 April 2002). "MiG, Yak to Split Training Craft Deal". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 22 August 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ a b Pronina, Lyuba (8 April 2002). "French Tout MiG-AT Partnership". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 22 August 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Yakovlev Yak-130 (Russian Federation), Aircraft – Fixed-wing – Civil/military". Jane's All the World's Aircraft. 20 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Производство самолета МиГ-АТ может быть возобновлено в России". TASS. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  9. ^ Jackson 2003, pp. 387–388.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  • Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.

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