Although current Yak-130s are known to fly in a overall grey paint scheme, the aircraft manufacturer earlier released test flight footage that supports the secondary light attack role of the type (Image © Yakovlev Design Bureau)

Russia to form Yak-130 aerobatic team, buys more

Although current Yak-130s are known to fly in a overall grey paint scheme, the aircraft manufacturer earlier released test flight footage that supports the secondary light attack role of the type (Image © Yakovlev Design Bureau)
Although current Yak-130s are known to fly in a overall grey paint scheme, the aircraft manufacturer earlier released test flight footage that slightly supports the secondary light attack role of the type (Image © Yakovlev Design Bureau)

If funds allow it, the Russian Air Force will buy at least 12 (and possibly up to 55) new Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced trainer and light combat aircraft, its commanding officer Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev told Russian press agency RAI Novosti during a visit at the Irkutsk Aircraft Manufacturing Plant. That is the factory that produces the Як-130, as it is spelled in Russian.

This year, 42 Yak-130s have been delivered, with another 13 following in 2014. It has NATO reporting name Mitten. Meanwhile the Yakovlev design bureau have said the formation of a Yak-130 aerobatic team is certain.

Although no name has been disclosed, it is confirmed that the Yak-130 team will make its debut during the Victory Parade in the skies over the Red Square in Moscow on 9 May 2014. The Yak-130 team will be an addition to the existing Russian military display teams Strizhi with its MiG-29s and Vityazi (Russian Knights) with its Su-27s.

Russian Air Force pilots are already planning the new teams display at the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy and the Gagarin Aviation Training Center at Borisoglebskaya Air Base. The first 15 cadets past flight training on the Yak-130 this year. Some of them will be selected for the new display team.

Source: RAI Novosti / Yakovlev Design Bureau

Russian MiG-29 display team Strizhi was star of the 2005 airshow in Brno (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Russian MiG-29 display team Strizhi was star of the 2005 airshow in Brno (Image © Elmer van Hest)
These colours are wellknown on the Su27. A Flanker of Russki Vityazi - the Russian Knights - is getting ready for take off at Leeuwarden airbase, the Netherlands, in April 1993. This particular aircraft crashed into a mountain in December 1995 in Vietnam. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
These colours are well-known on the Su-27, as it is one of the Flankers from the Russki Vityazi – the Russian Knights – getting ready for take off at Leeuwarden airbase, the Netherlands, in April 1993. This particular aircraft crashed into a mountain in December 1995 in Vietnam. (Image © Elmer van Hest)