Yak-130: Status and History

  • 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. 
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