One of the new Yak-130s in action (Image © Russian Ministry of Defence)

Russian Yak-130s in long-range test flights

The Russian Air Force put a few of their new Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced training and light combat aircraft through some long-range test flights recently.

Five Yak-130s took off from the Irkutsk factory airfield for a 3420 miles (5,500 kilometres) flight to Armavir Airbase, stopping along the way at Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk and Borisoglebsk for refuelling.

Target of these flights – apparently made on 4 February 2015 – was to test the jets in all weather conditions; from temperatures at the landing fields at -20 to +15 degrees Celsius, dense cloud cover, rainfall, strong head and strong cross winds.

Armavir is home to 13 Yak-130s, Russia’s newest generation of training jet of which the basis was designed together with Italian Alenia Aermacchi (M-346).

Source: Russian Ministry of Defence
Featured image: One of the new Yak-130s in action (Image © Russian Ministry of Defence)

Three Yak-130s of the Russian Air Force in the air (Image © Irkut)
Three Yak-130s of the Russian Air Force in the air (Image © Irkut)