Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Yak-130. The status of program.
The first Yak-130D variant was purely trainer, without even radar being put in nose cone (specifically shaped). Two Slovakian made DV-2S x2200 kgf engines (soviet licensing AI-25TL derivative) were used. In 2002 the Russian Air Forces asked for a combat-trainer variant with a radar (in addition for currently tested trainer). Thus the Ukraine-made AI-222-25 engine with 2516 kgf without afterburner was chosen for both. It allowed to rise the max mass from 8500 to 9000 kg. The newborn 'Saturn's Al-55 is remained a reliable reservoir engine for the program in case if the cooperation with Ukraine is broken down.
Lenght , m 11.9
Span, m 10.64
Height, m 4.7
Speed max, km/h 1050
Ferry range, km 2000
Time of fly max, h 3
Acceleration, G +8/-3
Max stable acceleration, G 5
Taking of speed, km/h 200
Landing speed 195
Running start , m 380
Landing run, m 670
Being soft-skinned (unlike Su-25), the combat variant is planned to be used only with a UAV/UCAV escort/combination. Yak130 technology is the basis for the prospective 'Irkut' (which 'Yakovlev' design house became a part) UCAV program. However, the level of planned commonality with Yak-130 will be not very high: as 40%. Other details are unknown due to classified character of most Russian UCAV programs. Would be assumed that after United Aircraft-building Corporation has merged the most of Russian aircraft building actives, they will merge the different big UCAV programs (MiG, Irkut, Tupolev) into one on the common technology basis.
2007 - the trainer variant was over all tests and has been adopted for Air Forces, 62 units were contracted on 'flexible' contract with Russian VVS. The serial production is started on 'Sokol' plant (Nizhni Novgorod). Few units were made, exploitation data in RuAF is unknown. According to reliable sources the number of serial machines are following tests before entering service. The first was transferred for RuAF in summer. 09 (an officially report).
Algerian contract, 16 units, trainer variant. 2-4 planes are allready made in Irkut (Irkutsk), first two have flied in July, 09, those are planned be transferred to Algeria in 2010 after completing the regular tests.
Libyan contract. 6 units were contracted according to some sources. Probably in trainer configuration. Will be made in Irkutsk.
Pre-contract negotiation with 'RosoboronExport' about totally 150 units with LA, ME, SE Asian and African countries ('National Defence' magazine, Aug, 09 and 'RosoboronExport' official reports). According to 'Irkut's representatives they are Indonesia, Vietnam, SArabia, Syria and Yemen.
Indian tender. 'RosoboronExport' has received the Indian request of proposition for a trainer. The Indian side is ready to look for both Yak-130 and MiG-AT options.
Malaysian tender. In Dec, 2009 was reported about participation in Malaysian tender for trainers, the competitors of Yak-130 will be the Britain 'Hawks' and 'Aermacchi' M-346
Photo: Yak-130 for Algeria (Irkut, summer 2009, MAKS-2009)