Three Yak-130 jets joined the fleet of Borisoglebsk training airbase named after N.E. Zhukovsky and Y.A. Gagarin today. Now the airbase’s fleet comprises 42 Yak-130 operational trainers, RBC reports with reference to the Minister of Defense, General of the Army, Sergey Shoygu.
"This unique jet demonstrates aircraft performance close to advanced fighters. It may be operated from unpaved runways and it is easy-to-maintain", - the minister said.
"Moreover, - he added, - it grants the high quality of training for potential pilots of fourth- and fifth-generation fighters". "And it is very much to the point because more and more advanced aircraft are being delivered to the air forces", - Sergey Shoygu said adding that the air forces will take delivery of over 600 airliners and over 1000 helicopters by 2020.
"We need high-skilled professionals to operate the new aircraft", - the minister said. He expressed confidence that the pilots of this airbase will do their best to improve their skills.
The pilots of Borisoglebsk airbase ferried three Yak-130 operational trainers from the airfield of Irkut Corporation to their home base in Borisoglebsk. The flight from Irkutsk to Borisoglebsk was performed with two intermediate stops in Novosibirsk and Chelyabinsk.
Russian air forces took delivery of 18 Yak-130 in 2013 and 22 more jets of the type will be delivered to the air forces by the end of 2015. Borisoglebsk base operates a fleet of 42 Yak-130 jets.