A light attack aircraft derived from Yak-130 operational trainer will not be developed, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Colonel General, Viktor Bondarev.
In March 2014 CEO of V.Tikhomirov Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Design, Yuri Beliy told RIA Novosti that a light fighter derived from Yak-130 may be developed in the near-term.
"We did not plan to develop a light fighter derived from Yak-130; we wanted to develop a light strike-fighter, but Su-25 is able to efficiently perform its duties", — Bondarev said. "We will be using it as a trainer", — the General noted.
Yak-130 is designed for training of pilots of “4+”-generation and fifth-generation fighters as well as destroying air and ground targets under any weather conditions. It may be operated from unpaved runways.