A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau started the development of the new combat trainer for Russian Air Force in early 1990s.
The innovative conceptual design of the aircraft was approved by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation in 1993.
At the initial project development stage, it was decided to join the efforts of A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau and Aermacchi (Italy). Cooperation under the program lasted from 1993 to 1999.
On April 25, 1996 the maiden flight on the Yak-130D demonstrator aircraft was performed by Andrey Sinitsyn, the test pilot of the A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau, from the airfield of M.M. Gromov Flight Research Institute.
On April 16, 2002, the Yak-130 aircraft was pronounced the winner in a competition organized by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.
On April 30, 2004, Roman Taskaev, the senior test pilot of the A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau flew the first Yak-130 aircraft in serial configuration, which was manufactured at Sokol Aviation Plant in Nizhniy Novgorod.
In 2006, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant started manufacturing the Yak-130 using digital technologies. Later on, this plant became the exclusive supplier of the new Yak-130 aircraft.
State tests were completed successfully in 2009.
Since February 2010, the Yak-130 aircraft is in service with the Russian Federation Air Force.
Irkut Corporation started exporting the aircraft since 2011.
In December 2011, the Russian Ministry of Defence and Irkut Corporation signed a contract for the supply of a large batch of Yak-130 aircraft.
Since October 2012, Irkut Corporation has been supplying the Yak-130 aircraft to the Russian Federation Air Force.
Currently, the Yak-130 program performed by Irkut Corporation, comprises: - improvement of the aircraft design by the A.S. Yakovlev Engineering Center, the main design sub-unit of Irkut Corporation; - series production carried out at Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation; - marketing, sales, supplies, and after-sale support undertaken by Irkut Corporation in cooperation with the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation and JSC Rosoboronexport.