Yak-130 operational trainer will perform a test flight in Moscow Region in order to test the upgraded control system, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to Deputy CEO of Yakovlev design bureau on flight testing, Hero of Russia, Roman Taskaev.
Yak-130 fleet was grounded after a crash occurred on April 15th 2014 near Akhtubinsk (Astrakhan Region). Both pilots have managed to eject, but one of the pilots died. The crash occurred due to control system failure.
"We have taken delivery of the upgraded control system and its installation is in progress. We will check the compatibility of all the aircraft systems and the flights will be started next week", - Taskaev said earlier.
He added that after successful testing of the upgraded system carried out at Gromov Flight Research Institute the new electronic circuit will be installed on all the serial Yak-130 jets manufactured in Russia. The flights of Yak-130 fleet will be resumed once the jets are fitted with the upgraded control system, the design bureau’s chief pilot explained.
We remind you that Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev, said earlier that the flights of Yak-130 fleet will be resumed in July.
The development of Yak-130 operational trainer (NATO reporting name: Mitten) was started in early 1990s by Yakovlev design bureau. The jet performed its maiden flight in 1996; in 2002 it was selected as the primary trainer of the Russian air forces. Many of its systems have quadruple redundancy, which allows decreasing the failure probability.
The serial production of Yak-130 aircraft is being carried out by Irkutsk Aviation Plant. 48 jets have been delivered to Russian air forces so far; they are operated by the 209th Borisoglebsk airbase (Voronezh Region). A total of 65 vehicles of the type must be delivered to the customer under the existing contracts. Moreover, 16 Yak-130s were delivered to Algeria in 2011.