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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.


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).


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)

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)

Restart Tu-160 Blackjack production is ‘on track’

Russia is on track and partly even ahead of schedule in restarting production of the Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber, vice-secretary of Defense Yury Borisov stated on Wednesday 6 April in Russian media. The new version of the Blackjack, designated Tu-160M2, should first fly in 2019.

Russia says it wants to order 50 new Tu-160M2 for its air force, pushing back the design and production of the totally new next-generation strategic bomber known as PAK-DA. That new design has been in development since 2009 but will likely not fly before 2023.

Moscow instead choose to restart production of a revamped Tu-160 Blackjack. Sixteen older models are already in service and represent the strong arm of Russia’s strategic bomber force. The type was also used of Syria recently.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A Tu-160 strategic bomber (Image © Tupolev)


Russia: 30 more Su-30SM Flankers on the way

The Russian Ministry of Defense has concluded a new contract with the Irkut aircraft manufacturing corporation for 30 more Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker C fighter aircraft. The contract was announced on Sunday 3 April.

Deliveries of this latest batch of advanced fighter jets are to be concluded by the end of 2018. Total orders for the Russian Air Force now stand at 90. Meanwhile, the Russian Navy is also eyeing the type.

Over the last few months, Russian Air Force Su-30SM jets also participated in Russian air raids over Syria. The majority of those aircraft was pulled back from Syria in March.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): A Sukhoi Su-30SM. (Image © Russian Ministry of Defense)


Russian Air Force will keep on bombing in Syria

UPDATED | The Russian Air Force will keep using Hmeymim Air Base, near Latakia, in Syria for air strike and bombing operations against anti-Syrian-government forces. The withdrawal of Russian forces president Vladimir Putin ordered on Monday is only a partial one.

In fact, Israeli military sources said at the end of March 2016 that Russia attack runs are ongoing in Syria – with attack helicopter more and more involved.

While making his statement that the mission of the Russian forces has been accomplished two weeks earlier, and therefore the several thousands of ground forces can be withdrawn, Mr. Putin also said that the air base and Tartous Naval Base in Latakia “will function as they did previously. They must be reliably protected from land, sea and air.” Some air units will leave Hmeymim, some will stay. Moreover, anytime the Russian leadership deems it necessary, aircraft will fly long-distance bombing missions from Russia – supported by tankers.

Battle-prove Russian weapons

Over the past months the Russian military has been able to “finally” put its newest weapons into action, to battle-prove their worthiness and to learn about possible improvements in the same way that f. ex. US and other Western nations have been doing in Iraq and Syria while battling the so-called Islamic State forces. The big difference between the strategies of the US and Russia is that the Americans aim only at ISIS/ISIL/Daesh and the Russian indiscriminately bomb all forces opposing the Syrian leadership led by president al-Assad.

The Su-35 Flanker E. (Image © UAC Russia)
The Su-35 Flanker E. (Image © UAC Russia)

Russian aircraft deployed in Syria

Among the tens of aircraft deployed at Hmeymim are the state-of-the-art Sukhoi Su-35s, Sukhoi Su-30s, Mil Mi-24 Hind attack and Mi-17 Hip assault/transport helicopters, and at least a dozen Sukhoi Su-25 “Frogfoot” ground attack aircraft.

Also deployed were a dozen Sukhoi Su-24 strike aircraft, of which one was downed by a Turkish Air Force F-16 in a border dispute. Russia reacted by deploying its impressive S-400 air-defence missile system which can shoot down multiple targets at 90 miles range up to several times the speed of sound.

Leaving Hmeymim AB – according to the Russian Ministry of Defence – are the Sukhoi Su-34s, as is seen on the video published by Moscow. They returned to a military air base in the Voronezh region of Russian Western Military District.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Sukhoi Su-34s leaving Hmeymim Air Base, near Latakia (Image © Russian Ministry of Defence)