The flights of Yak-130 operational trainers will be resumed in July 2014. We remind you that Yak-130 fleet was grounded after a crash occurred on April 15th 2014 near Akhtubinsk, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Russian Ministry of Defense.
In addition, the ministry confirmed the plans for creation of the Yak-130 aerobatic team called “Krilya Tavridi” (The Wings of Tavrida). The team will comprise four jets and later two more aircraft will join it. The establishment of the team was started in November 2013. At present Russian air forces comprise four aerobatic teams: Russian Knights (Kubinka, operates Su-27 fighters), Strizhi (Kubinka, operates MiG-29 fighters), Sokoli Rossiyi (stand for Falcons of Russia, Lipetsk, operates Su-27 jets) and Torzhok-based helicopter aerobatic team Berkuti.
The crash of Yak-130 near Akhtubinsk (Astrakhan Region) occurred due to control system failure. The crew comprising two pilots has managed to eject, but one of the pilots died.
Yak-130 is the two-seat next-generation operational trainer developed by Yakovlev design bureau. It is intended for pilot training and combat missions performed under normal and severe weather conditions. The jet is capable of destroying ground and air targets. The jet’s aircraft performance coupled with the capabilities of its control system make it suitable for training of future pilots of “4+”-generation and fifth-generation fighters.