Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the Borisoglebsk Air Force training base named for Zhukovsky and Gagarin and personally praised the combat and handling capabilities of the Yak-130, a new combat training aircraft.
The Borisoglebsk Air Force Base currently has 42 Yak-130 aircraft. According to the defense minister, the Russian Air Force received 18 of these aircraft this year, with another 22 scheduled for delivery by the end of 2015.
As Sergei Shoigu noted, this unique aircraft has capabilities similar to modern fighters. It is capable of landing on unprepared sites and will ensure that pilots reach the required level of training for operating fourth- and fifth-generation combat aircraft. “It is important that troops begin receiving more modern weapons and equipment now. By 2020 the Air Force should receive more than 600 new planes and 1,000 new helicopters. It is necessary to train highly qualified specialists to ensure effective operation,” Shoigu said.
This year Borisoglebsk, one of the oldest military aviation schools in the country, has already graduated its first class, a dozen young pilots who successfully completed the training program on the Yak and now have gone on to serve in the armed forces. Borisoglebsk also trains its aerobatic team on the Yak combat training aircraft.
The next-generation Yak-130 twin-engine combat training aircraft is designed for teaching, training, and maintaining the skills of fighter pilots for fourth- and fifth-generation fighter jets. KRET enterprises, which are part of Rostec, designed, manufactured, and integrated into a single digital system the advanced navigation, flight, and combat avionics of the Yak-130. This is the first Russian aircraft without any onboard analog devices.
The universal performance capabilities of the Yak-130, which have been achieved primarily because of modern avionics solutions, have made the aircraft the world’s best method of training to fly the new Russian-made fighter jets. The onboard electronics of the Yak-130 can simulate in air the behavior of almost all types of modern fighters, from the MiG-29 and Su-30 to the F-22 and F-35.
The greatest advantage of the Yak-130 is its complex control system that facilitates everything from flight training at high angles of attack to performing aerobatics, including entry into and exit from a tailspin. The system prevents the pilot from making any errors and automatically ejects the pilot if the aircraft drops below a predetermined elevation.