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Yakovlev Design Bureau
Company typedivision
Founded15 January 1934; 90 years ago (1934-01-15)
FounderAlexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev
Fatemerged into United Aircraft Corporation
Productscivil and military aeroplanes
ParentUnited Aircraft Corporation

The JSC A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau[1][2] (Russian: ОАО Опытно-конструкторское бюро им. А.С. Яковлева) is a Russian aircraft designer and manufacturer (design office prefix Yak). Its head office is in Aeroport District, Northern Administrative Okrug, Moscow.[3]


The bureau formed in 1934 under aircraft designer Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev as OKB-115 (the design bureau has its own production base at the facility No.115), but dates its birth from 12 May 1927, the day of maiden flight of the AIR-1 aircraft developed within[citation needed] the Department of Light Aircraft of GUAP (Head Agency of Aviation Industry) under the supervision of A.S. Yakovlev.

During World War II Yakovlev designed and produced a famed line of fighter aircraft.

Irkut acquired Yakovlev in April 2004.[4] The Russian government merged the holding company with Mikoyan, Ilyushin, Irkut, Sukhoi and Tupolev as a new company named United Aircraft Building Corporation in February 2006.[5]

The firm designed the Pchela (Russian: Пчела, "bee") drone reconnaissance aircraft (first flown in 1990), but is perhaps best known for its highly successful line of World War II-era piston-engined fighter-aircraft.

In August 2023, Irkut Corporation rebranded itself as Yakovlev. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 was redesignated as the SJ-100, and the Irkut MC-21 also adopted the Yakovlev name.[6]


The company was sanctioned by the Canadian government on 22 August 2023.[7]

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  1. ^ A.S.Yakovlev Design Bureau - General Data
  2. ^ UAC - General information
  3. ^ Home page. Yakovlev. Retrieved on 30 August 2011. "125315 Russia, Moscow, Leningradskiy prospect, 68" Address in Russian: "125315 Россия, Москва, Ленинградский проспект, 68"
  4. ^ Irkut Corporation Completes Yakovlev Design Bureau Acquisition Archived 2020-11-27 at the Wayback Machine. defense-aerospace.com, April 22, 2004.
  5. ^ " Russian Aircraft Industry Seeks Revival Through Merger." The New York Times. February 22, 2006.
  6. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David (16 August 2023). "Yakovlev name formally approved as Irkut's new corporate identity". Flight Global.
  7. ^ "Russian entities from the military-industrial, financial and nuclear sectors Country: Russia". 23 August 2023.
  • A book by A.T.Stepanets. Yak Fighters in WWII ISBN 5-217-01192-0 (in Russian)
  • Степанец А.Т.- Истребители "Як" периода Великой Отечественной войны. Справочник. - М.: Машиностроение, 1992. - 224 с.: ил:

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