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