September 5, 2011 defpro.com
On September 1, 2011 at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant’s airfield – a subsidiary of JSC IRKUT Corporation, pilots of Algerian Air Force performed first solo flights on the Yak-130 combat trainer jet.
Three months course of theoretical and practical trainings preceded those flights. Algerian pilots along with the IRKUT’s flight crew made more than 100 flights on the Yak-130 combat trainer jet and were allowed to solo flights. Earlier a large number of Algerian engineers and technicians also attended the training course manual on the Yak-130 aircraft.
Yak-130 Combat Trainer, developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau, was chosen as the main aircraft for basic and advanced training of Russian Air Force pilots. Yak-130 can provide top-class pilots training to handle Russian and foreign-made combat aircraft of the generations 4+ and 5. Yak-130 aircraft is the basic component of the training complex including integrated system of the objective control, educational computer classes, flight and specialized training apparatus.
Since February, 2010 Yak-130 are being supplied to the Russian Air Force.
IRKUT Corporation performs the contract signed in 2006 for the Yak-130 delivery to Algeria. Negotiations on Yak-130 delivery to other countries are underway. The Yak-130 market capacity is estimated at 250 aircraft until 2015.
Serial production of Yak-130 aircraft on the Irkutsk aviation plant (IAP) is conducted with complex use of modern digital technologies.