Connect with us

EurAsian Region

Yak-130 – Why This Ageing Russian Aircraft Still Poses A Formidable Threat To Any World-Class Army?



Twenty four years after Yak-130, a subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer and light fighter took its first flight, it is still enhancing the capabilities of the Russian Air Force pilots for combat readiness.

What Lies Ahead For India & China As Donald Trump’s Loyalist Take Control Of The Pentagon?

Unlike several other projects, the Yak-130 managed to survive the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Soviet government had planned to replace its ageing fleet of Czech Aero L-29 and L-39 trainers in the 1980s.

Yakovlev Yak-UTS was one of the two finalists in the race. The other one was Mikoyan MiG-AT. By 1993, the Yakovlev had the design of the fighter ready. However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and no funding in the pipeline, Yakovlev collaborated with an Italian aircraft manufacturer, Aermacchi. 

The first prototype, Yak-130D, took its maiden flight on April 25, 1996. Yak-130 won the 1980s bid and went into serial production. However, later the Italian and the Russian company split away due to differences.

Yakovlev Yak- 130 (modify).jpg

Yakovlev Yak- 130

The light trainer jet is a swept mid-wing monoplane of a classical configuration with a two-seat tandem cockpit and two turbofan engines with 2500 kg thrust each. Due to the aircraft aerodynamic configuration and flight and power plant controls performance makes it possible to operate the aircraft essentially at all flight conditions.

It can gain a maximum altitude of 12500 meters and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 1050 kilometers/hour. The official website boasts the aircraft saying that the air intakes and landing gear design with high take-off/landing performance make it possible to operate the aircraft from unpaved runways small unprepared airfields.

“The aircraft is equipped with a complex fly-by-wire control system that functions as an automatic flight control system, active flight safety system and provides in training stability and controllability characteristics change depending on the aircraft being simulated.”

The integrated Yak-130 avionics complex with open architecture includes two computers and a three-channel multiplex information exchange system.

For the resolution of navigational tasks, a strap-down system on laser gyroscopes and a GLONASS/NAVSTAR satellite navigation receiver is used. The installation of a radar (more correctly, the “Osa” radar) is provided for on the Yak-130, which is capable of the simultaneous tracking of eight targets and firing at four of them at all angles. 

The jet is integrated with R-73 “Archer” short-range air-to-air missiles and Kh-25 ML laser-guided missiles, as well as the KAB-500Kr, guided bomb by the Russian Air Force. 

Reportedly, the open architecture of the avionics allows the integration of Western manufactured guided missiles into the Yak-130 weapons composition: the AIM-9L “Sidewinder” and “Majic-2” and also the AGM-65 “Maverick.” 

The fleet of Yak-130 is also operated by foreign Air Forces including Myanmar, Belarus, Algeria, and Bangladesh. At the Dubai Air Show in 2019, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced the up-gradation of the Yak-130 with an aim to develop the aircraft into a combat jet. 

“We brought Yak-130 here. We present its deep upgrade project to expand combat capabilities. It is not just a training aircraft, it is mostly a combat jet,” UAC CEO Yuri Slyusar said at the Dubai Air Show.

“Yak-130 can engage in various missions and can be adapted to the engagement region. We customized the increased combat capabilities for the clients in the Middle East according to the missions they will engage in,” he added.




Americas5 hours ago

What Is US’ Most Lethal Submarine Killer – The P-8 Poseidon Doing On India-China Border At 15,000 Feet?

US-made Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, also known as ‘Submarine Killer’, has been deployed in Eastern Ladakh near the...

Featured5 hours ago

Indian BrahMos Goes Global; After Indonesia, Brazil Looks To Arms Its Gripen Jets With Indo-Russian Missile

The BrahMos-NG is intended to be a mini-version of the existing BrahMos, being lighter and shorter while still having a...

CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600 CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600
Asia Pacific6 hours ago

Seaplanes Set To Make A Comeback As China Threatens The US With Its Amphibious ‘Fish Dragon’

Decades ago, seaplanes proved their might during World War I for surveillance and reconnaissance. Not just that, seaplanes were later...

eurasian times eurasian times
Featured7 hours ago

Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated Near Tehran; Fingers Raised Towards Mossad

A senior scientist linked to the Iranian nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, was assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran on Friday,...

indian-air-force indian-air-force
Featured10 hours ago

Third Indian MiG-29 Crashes In A Year – Is It Time To Bid Adieu To Russian Jets & Welcome Western Fighters?

The Indian Navy said on Friday that a MiG-29K trainer aircraft had crashed in the Arabian Sea around 5 pm...

Featured11 hours ago

Modi’s Trillion Dollar Baby: India Bets Big On Its Largest Govt-Funded Project – The Bullet Train

India is gearing up to build its first bullet train corridor covering 508 kilometers between Mumbai and Ahemdabad. The National...

india-russia india-russia
EurAsian Region12 hours ago

India, Russia To Showcase Their Naval Might In Joint Drills In Baltic Sea

The Russian and Indian navies are likely to conduct joint drills in the Baltic Sea sometime next year, according to...

Pakistani-Passport Pakistani-Passport
Featured14 hours ago

UAE Visa Ban Starts To Pinch Pakistan; 3000 Jobs Lost In First Week As Indian Workers Rejoice

OPED By Haider Abbas

Bubonic Plague Bubonic Plague
Americas15 hours ago

As China Slips In The Covid-19 Vaccine Race, Will Russia Eclipse The US & UK To Get The 1st Shot Out?

As the world continues to battle Covid-19, a study on the efficacy of Chinese Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine, published in the...

Featured16 hours ago

#LoveJihad: Democratic India Plans To Combat ‘Love Jihad’ In An Attempt To Control Interfaith Marriages

Hindu right-wing has coined the term “love jihad”, to describe the marriage of a Hindu girl to a Muslim boy....