Skip to comments.Algerian Yak-130 pilots go solo
Posted on 09/12/2011 8:28:48 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Algerian Yak-130 pilots go solo
Written by defenceWeb Monday, 12 September 2011 13:34
Algerian pilots in have started solo flying on the Yak-130 trainer in Russia ahead of aircraft deliveries later this year. The Algerian air force has 16 Yak-130 advanced trainers/light attack aircraft on order.
Algerian pilots performed their first solo flights on the Yak-130 at Irkutsk Aviation Plants airfield on the first of this month. They first underwent a three month course covering flight theory and practical training, according to Irkut.
Algerian pilots along with the Irkuts flight crew made more than 100 flights on the Yak-130 before going solo. In addition to pilots, a large number of Algerian engineers and technicians are attending the Yak-130 training course provided by Irkut.
In 2006 Irkut Corporation signed a contract for 16 Yak-130s for the Algerian Air Force. According to the ITAR-TASS news agency, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant will start delivering Algerias aircraft before the end of the year.
About 30 fighters have already been assembled and are at the final stage of readiness, said Irkut Aircraft Corporation President Alexei Fyodorov.
Algeria bought the Yak-130s as part of an arms package worth US$7.5 billion during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Algeria in March 2006. The deal included the purchase of 28 Sukhoi Su-30MKA and 34 MiG-29 multirole fighters (28 single-seat MiG-29SMTs and six two-seat MiG-29UBTs) as well as eight batteries of S-300PMU-2 air-defence missile systems and 24 Almaz-Antei 2S6M Tunguska 30 mm/SA-19 self-propelled air-defence systems. Deliveries of the MiG-29s was suspended and the 15 aircraft that had arrived returned to Russia following quality problems, but the Su-30s were accepted without issue.
The Yak-130 was designed to provide basic and advanced pilot training for Russian and foreign-made combat aircraft, including 4th+ and 5th generation fighters. The aircraft is fitted with an advanced glass cockpit and can carry 3 000 kg of weaponry.
The Yak-130 was chosen as the main aircraft for basic and advanced training of Russian Air Force pilots. Deliveries to the Russian Air Force, which expects to order an initial 72 aircraft, began in February last year.
Libya was the second export customer for the Yak-130 and ordered six. However, following the civil war there, deliveries have been frozen. We do not know what will happen to it, Fyodorov said about the Libyan contract. But in any case, the planes that have been made for this country will be reoriented for another customer, first of all for the Russian Air Force.
Irkut estimates the market capacity for the Yak-130 is 250 aircraft between now and 2015.
Boy, that’s a fair amount of ordnance.
“Boy, thats a fair amount of ordnance.”
Easy to bring down with Yak-Yak Guns.
Sorry, for some strange reason I cannot accept that there are Algerian pilots capable of flying these aircraft. What’s next? Somali SEALS?
Now, get real; how many Somalis do you actually think it would take to make ONE Seal - I mean in WEIGHT alone, it would take about 15.
“S’cuse me- can you help me with this? I seem to have something stapled to my ear. I can’t quite get it with my hoof.”
I may have to get a Yak. I’ll give it a perm so it’s even fuzzier and raise it like a dog so it follows me around the neighborhood. I’ll tell people it’s a Giant Mongolian Poodle.
We had a similar aircraft in the 1960’s - it was called the OA-4.
I remember a news story, probably from 30 years ago, about some guy who was pretending to be a Navy commander, who went on an air station and had almost convinced the ops people that he was a qualfied A-4 pilot, and was about to get strapped in, when some little glitch came up and stopped him from probably making a hole in the ground. I guess the little Scooter at least looked like it would be easy to fly.
You might get a similar aircraft soon called the T-100 if the USAF chooses it as its primary trainer. A USAF aircraft developed from an Italian design which had its origins in a Russian project
The Algerian military is pretty large and capable by African standards.
In fact Italian project is based on that exact Yak-130 design.
This may come in handy next year, when The New Libya starts its war against Algeria. Thanks sukhoi-30mki.