Aviation news analysis
50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Irkut Rolls Out First Yak-152 Trainer Prototype

Download: Printable PDF Date: 08 Jun 2016 09:37 category:
Irkut Rolls Out First Yak-152 Trainer Prototype - Manufacturer publisher
Krista Kuznecova
Country: Russian Federation Aircraft: Airplanes
Source: Aviationweek

Russian jet maker Irkut Corp. on June 7 showed the first Yak-152 light piston engine trainer prototypes being assembled at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant in East Siberia.

The prototype’s first flight is expected to take place this year, according to Sergey Yamalov, the plant’s lean manufacturing director. Three more airframes—one for flight trials and two more for static and endurance tests—can be seen at the assembly line in different states of readiness.

Yakovlev Design Bureau, a part of Irkut Corp., signed a contract with the Russian defense ministry for development of a new aircraft for initial pilot training in 2014. It was based on the basic Yak-54 aerobatic trainer. It features a two-seat cockpit equipped with the SKS-94M catapult system. The Russian M-14X radial engine is now replaced with the more powerful German-made RED A03 diesel aircraft engine. This allows the aircraft to add 550 kg (1,200 lb.) of useful load. According to the designers, it can carry air-to-air missiles or unguided rocket launching pods.

The Yak-152 program seems to be behind schedule. Under the contract, the first prototypes should have been ready by the end of next October, while the completion of flight trials was scheduled for this autumn.

The defense ministry plans to use the Yak-152 for initial pilot training, with further training on Yak-130 advanced jet trainers and Su-30SM two-seat fighters. The latter two types are also manufactured by Irkut. The military plans to buy about 150 Yak-152s, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov says.

Loading comments for Irkut Rolls Out First Yak-152 Trainer Prototype...


AW169 helicopter grows stronger in UK EMS market with selection by Magpas Air Ambulance

• Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) will customise and operate an AW169 on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance starting from spring 2019    • This will be the ninth UK-based AW169 f...

Farnborough Airshow Day 5: With diversity at Airbus, ‘we make it fly’

As Airbus wraps up the business activity at this week’s Farnborough Airshow, the event’s spotlight now turns to a key element of the company’s success: its employees, and the diversi...

New Bombardier Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft to feature Rockwell Collins' transformational flight deck and cabin systems

First true combined vision system seamlessly merges enhanced and synthetic vision images in a single view Extends the company’s Venue™ cabin management system to the Global 5500 and G...

ExecuJet to establish new MRO facility in Malaysia

ExecuJet has today signed a contract with Malaysian Airports at the Farnborough International Airshow to establish a new Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility within Subang Airport, Malaysia...