October 8, 2012 defpro.com
JSC IRKUT Corporation, (a part of JSC United Aircraft Corporation) handed over the first batch of six Yak-130 combat trainers to the Russian Air Force.
On October 5, pilots of Borisoglebsk training center of the Russian Air Force completed the transportation of three aircraft by air from Irkutsk aviation plant (branch of JSC IRKUT Corporation) to the base aerodrome in Borisoglebsk city.
55 Yak-130 combat trainers delivery by 2015 to the Russian Air Force is provided by the contract signed in December 7, 2011 between the Russian Ministry of Defence and IRKUT Corporation. Commenting the subject Anatoly Serdyukov, Minister of Defence, said: “Equipping the Air Force with Yak-130 aircraft allow achieving a desired level of pilot’s trainings to handle new generation combat fighters, which are to be mass procured by the Military Department.”
Oleg Demchenko, President of JSC IRKUT Corporation, noted: “Our Company will continue increasing the production rate of combat aircraft within the State defence order. Now, together with the Sukhoi Design Bureau we are testing new Su-30SM multirole fighters with pilot’s training functions. In 2012 IRKUT plans to transfer the first batch of aircraft this type to the Russian Ministry of Defence.”
Oleg Demchenko also stressed that the Yak-130 production is organized with modern digital technologies being implemented at the Irkutsk aviation plant, which allow to increase production quality and reduce manufacturing cycles.
Yak-130 Combat Trainer, developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau – an IRKUT Corporation company, 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.
State trials of Yak-130 with weaponry included have been successfully completed in December 2009. Since February, 2010 Yak-130 aircraft have been inducted into the Russian Air Force.
In 2011 IRKUT Corporation finalized the first export delivery of the Yak-130 aircraft.