07:54 GMT, May 26, 2009 defpro.com | The first serial jet-combat trainer Yak-130 developed by Russia's Yakovlev Design Bureau, an Irkut Corporation, performed its official maiden test flight on May 19 from Nozhni-Novgorod aviation plant airfield, the company said in an official statement. This first flight lasted 32 minutes and was intended to check the aircraft stability and controllability as well as take-off/landing parameters. The company said that the test flight has been successful and that all the systems performed impeccably. The serial Yak-130 is the first of 12 subsonic combat trainers which Russian Air Force has ordered. It
is now due for handing over to the customer after acceptance tests at the “Sokol” aviation plant which has manufactured the aircraft in the Nizhny Novgorod and Irkutsk aviation plant.
Once deployed, the Yak-130 will be the base aircraft for initial and advanced training of Russian pilots. The
aircraft is intended for flight and combat training but also to be used as a light combat aircraft. According to Irkut, the aircraft has been fitted with advanced aerodynamics, onboard new-gen avionics, latest aircraft systems and engine which ensures high efficiency for training and combat.
The first prototype of this aircraft made its maiden flight in 1996.
Algeria is planning to purchase 16 Yak-130 aircraft. India and Malaysia are also considering buying Russian advanced military aircraft.