Kuban Military Aviation Base to Get 25 New Yak-130 Training Planes in 2015
20:27 01.02.2015(updated 20:30 01.02.2015)
A Russian Air Force training base in Russia's Kuban region is set to receive more than two dozen new Yak-130 light attack training aircraft.
MOSCOW, February 1 (Sputnik) – The Zhukovsky and Gagarin Air Force Academy in Armavir, Krasnodar is set to receive five new Yakovlev Yak-130 light attack training aircraft this week, with twenty more to be delivered before the year is out, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.
The completed planes, which have been undergoing testing in the Irkutsk region in Siberia at the Irkut Corporation plant, are set to make their long journey across the country this week.
The subsonic two-seater advanced trainer/light attack aircraft, NATO code-named Mitten, was developed by the A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau, and is being produced by Irkut, a member of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation.
By technical and maneuverability characteristics the plane is close to the modern fighter planes' performance at subsonic flight speed, making it a perfect training craft for future pilots of fourth+ and fifth generation planes.
The first deliveries of the aircraft, which made its first test flights in 1996, began in 2009, and it has been used for training since 2013. The Borisoglebskiy Aviation Training Center, which was the first to receive the trainers, presently has 48 of the craft. The Russian Air Force intends to purchase a total of at least 72 Yak-130 aircraft, enough for four training regiments. Other countries operating or signing contracts for delivery of the plane include Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Syria, and Vietnam, with several other countries showing interest.
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