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150 Yak-152 trainers for Russian armed forces

The Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed it has ordered 150 new Yakovlev Yak-152 advanced primary trainers early this month.

The new machine desigend by Yakovlev is produced by Irkut, where the first three aircraft are currently being pieced together (see image published by RIA Novosti here). The highly maneouvrable aicraft is said to be able to sustain G-loads up to +9 or -7, although with a crew of two it will be one G less, both positive and negative. The Yak-152 has been designed to be easily recoverable even when mishandled during flight and is not only to teach future pilots basic and advanced skills, but aerobatic and normal combat maneouvres as well.

Take-off

Aided by multi-functional LCDs, with a triple redundancy of flight and navigation equipment and a flight information and performance data recorder the Yak-152 does lack a pressurized cockpit. IT can take off from both hardened as well as soft air strips, with a take-off run as short as about 705 feet (concrete) to 780 feet (grass/ground). For landing it needs 1260 feet (concrete) or 1125 feet (grass/ground).

Diesel

The new trainer will be able to fly at standard speeds up to 189 knots (350 km/h), but is able to sustain as much as 269 knots (500 km/h) and its has a sustained climb rate of 30 feet/sec. Its service ceiling is 12,000 feet and the maximum flight range is 930 miles (1,500 km). The projected service life is 30,000 landings, or 10,000 flight hours. To reduce costs the Yak-152 is powered by a diesel, rather than a kerosine, engine.

Test planes

Irkut plans to have two test planes flying, with another two to be used for ground and airframe tests. The first production aircraft are expected to be delivered to the Russian armed forces in 2017, where they will likely replace older Yak-52s of which about 300 are operational.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com senior contributor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Computer rendering of the Yak-152 (Image © Irkut)

Roll-out newest Russian airliner of the future

Russia’s future airliner made its first public appearance on 8 June 2016, when the first MC-21-300 was presented at the Ikrutsk Aviation Plant.

Under the watchful eye of scores of dignitaries – including Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev – the first MC-21 version with a full standard avionics cockpit showed itself. The aircraft will now be used for flight and airframe tests.

The Magistralny Samolyot 21 (MS-21), Russian for Carbon Fibre plane, is a joint effort of big names of the Russian aviation industry – Irkut, Mikoyan, Yakovlev, Sukhoi, Ilyushin, Tupolev and Beriev – will be Moscow’s answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft will be launched in three different versions: the MS-21-200 for 150 passengers, the MS-21-300 accommodates up to 180 passengers and the MS-21-400 will have a seating arrangement for max. 212 passengers. Russia intends to replace all Yakovlev Yak-42s and the Tupolev Tu-154s and Tu-134s by the new aircraft, starting in 2017.

The first delivery is planned for 2017. The Irkut production company confirmed to have 175 firm orders for the aircraft MS-21, written as MC-21 in English, with a projected production rate of seven aircraft a month. The Russian Ministry of Defence plans to militarize the aircraft.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com senior contributor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Roll-out of the first Irkut MC-21-300 (MS-21), the future Russian airliner, on 8 June 2016 (Image © Irkut)

More Yak-130s for Russian Air Force

The Russian Ministry of Defense has ordered 30 more Yak-130 trainer and light attack jets for the Russian Air Force. The contract was signed in Moscow recently by vice-secretary of Defense Yuri Borisov and the Irkut aircraft manufacturing company.

The Yak-130 prepares Russian student pilots for 4th generation fighter aircraft like the Su-30 and Su-35 Flanker, plus the 5th generation PAK-FA that is currently being tested. The Yak-130 was initially designed as a jet trainer but has been modified to fulfill a light attack role also.

The Kremlin so far has ordered 109 Yak-130s, including this latest batch.  All 30 aircraft in this latest contract should be delivered by the end of 2018.

Algeria, Bangladesh and Belarus also operate the Yak-130.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A fully loaded Yak-130 in Russian Air Force livery during a test flight. (Image © Irkut)

Vietnam Flanker fleet almost complete

The Vietnam People’s Air Force’s (QDNDVN) Sukhoi Su-30MK fleet is almost complete. With the delivery of two more of the multi-role fighters just before New Year, only four of 36 ordered Su-30MK2s remain to be delivered.

The final four are expected in two pairs, as with most of the other aircraft they will likely be flown in by AN-124 heavy-lift aircraft from Volga-Dnepr.

Vietnam Su-30 deliveries

Vietnam already had 24 Sukhoi Su-30MK2s when it ordered another dozen in 2013. Early deliveries took place in 2003 (4 aircraft), 2009 (8) and 2010 (12). The Flankers of the 2013 order started to arrive in 2014. Moreover, the Vietnam People’s Air Force flies 12 older Sukhoi Su-27, delivered between 1995 and 1998.

Vietnam Flanker bases

The Sukhoi Su-27SKs, -PUs and -UBKs all fly with the 940th Fighter/Air Training Regiment out of Phù Cát in the middle of the country, while the newer Su-30 operate from Thộ Xuân (Bai Thuong) in the north and Biên Hòa in the south of Vietnam.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A Sukhoi Su-30MK2 similar to the 36 ordered by the Vietnam People’s Air Force (Image © Irkut)

Fleet-size upgrade Belarusian Air Force

The Belarusian Air Force started to upgrade almost its entire fleet of aircraft. The most ambitious part: to replace the 24 older MiG-29s “Fulcrum” combat jets with state-of-the-art Sukhoi Su-30SM “Flanker” aircraft between 2020 and 2030.

Airbrake out on this Belarusian Yak-130 (Image © Irkut)
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During a meeting with journalist from Belarusian state press agency BelTA Major-General Oleg Dvigalev, Chief of Staff of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence, said that his people already test-flew the Su-30SM during the recent MAKS International Airshow in Moscow.

Although the general did not say how many Flankers he would like the buy, we at Airheadsfly.com believe that the 13 MiG-29s upgraded to BM standard in the early 2000s will stay a bit longer, while up to 18 Su-30SMs will be purchased. The number is based on earlier statements by the Belarusian military leadership.

Rotary wing
Meanwhile the country’s rotary wing of 20 Mil Mi-35 attack helicopters and 5 Mi-26 heavy-lift choppers is expecting a boost with the arrival of 12 Mi-8MTV-5 choppers, the first six in 2016 and the second batch in 2017. They are an upgraded version of the 18 to 25 Mi-8/Mi-17s the Belarusian Air Force has already on strength and are expected to replace some of them.

Airlift and attack
One of the two Ilyushin IL-76 strategic airlifters is currently being brought back to airworthy status, while the second batch of four Yakovlev Yak-130 light attack and advanced jet trainers has been ordered some time ago. The backbone of the Belarusian Air Force’s ground attack capacity, between 40 and 68 operational Sukhoi Su-25 “Frogfoot” jets, will remain in service – as well as two to four Antonov An-26 transport aircraft and a handful of Mil Mi-2 utility helicopters.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): The Sukhoi Su-30SM (Cy-30CM) during a test flight (Image © Irkut)