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Tiny Plane With Killer Arms: UK Press Abuzz Over Russian Yak-130

© Sputnik / Anton Denisov / Go to the photo bankYAK-130, International Air Show MAKS-2009
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Russia's tiny Yak-130 trainer-fighter can efficiently conduct counter-insurgency operations. Soon, the pilots of Russian T-50s and US F-35s may train with this very aircraft.

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Russia's Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA fifth-generation fighter has been stealing the show in aviation. However, Russia has another military plane that could well be an object of envy for other countries, Britain's THE WEEK reported.

The Yakovlev Yak-130 is an advanced pilot training aircraft that replicates the characteristics of 4+ generation fighters, such as the Su-30, MiG-29, Eurofighter Typhoon, Rafale, F-22, and the F-35. The plane made its maiden flight in 1996 and entered service in 2010.

The plane has a number of outstanding characteristics: its cockpit is equipped with digital indicators; it can perform flights in nearly all regimes similar to modern and projected combat planes. The construction of its air scoops and gear enable it to take off even from small grass airfields.

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Moreover, its onboard system of combat imitation provides training in air fights, launching air-to-surface missiles with various seekers, interaction with other planes, and other options.

But what struck the THE WEEK's Thomas Newdick most is the tiny plane's loads of devastating armament and its combat characteristics.

The Yak-130 can carry up to three tons of "air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, precision-guided bombs, free-fall bombs, rockets, gun pods, and external fuel tanks." In addition to that, it can be reinforced with a 23-mm cannon, air-to-air missiles and decoy launchers.

© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankYak-130 aircraft during a demonstration flight at the MAKS-2013 Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky.
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Yak-130 aircraft during a demonstration flight at the MAKS-2013 Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky.
© AFP 2022 / ADRIAN DENNISA Yak 130 takes part in a flying display at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England, on July 9, 2012.
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A Yak 130 takes part in a flying display at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England, on July 9, 2012.
© Sputnik / Alexander Vilf / Go to the photo bankYakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainers/light attack aircraft at a rehearsal of the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
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Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainers/light attack aircraft at a rehearsal of the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
© AP Photo / Misha JaparidzeRussian Yak-130 plane performs a flight during a celebration marking the Russian air force's 100th anniversary in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012
Russian Yak-130 plane performs a flight during a celebration marking the Russian air force's 100th anniversary in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 - Sputnik International
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Russian Yak-130 plane performs a flight during a celebration marking the Russian air force's 100th anniversary in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012
© Sputnik / Maya Mashatina / Go to the photo bankA Yak-130 jet in a preliminary flight shortly before the opening of the 8th MAKS aerospace show in the Moscow environs
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A Yak-130 jet in a preliminary flight shortly before the opening of the 8th MAKS aerospace show in the Moscow environs
© Sputnik / Vladimir Fedorenko / Go to the photo bankThe Yak-130 operational trainer during a demonstration flight at the 8th International air and space show MAKS in Zhukovsky near Moscow.
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The Yak-130 operational trainer during a demonstration flight at the 8th International air and space show MAKS in Zhukovsky near Moscow.
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The Yak-130 operational trainer during a demonstration flight at the 8th International air and space show MAKS-2007 in Zhukovsky near Moscow.

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The Yak-130 operational trainer during a demonstration flight at the 8th International air and space show MAKS-2007 in Zhukovsky near Moscow.

© AFP 2022 / DMITRY KOSTYUKOVA Russian Yak-130 fighter jet shoots flares while perfoming a trick during the MAKS 2009 international aerospace show outside Moscow in Zhukovsky on August 20, 2009. The MAKS international aerospace show is being held for the 9th time. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV
A Russian Yak-130 fighter jet shoots flares while perfoming a trick during the MAKS 2009 international aerospace show outside Moscow in Zhukovsky - Sputnik International
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A Russian Yak-130 fighter jet shoots flares while perfoming a trick during the MAKS 2009 international aerospace show outside Moscow in Zhukovsky on August 20, 2009. The MAKS international aerospace show is being held for the 9th time. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV
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© Host photo agency / Go to the photo bankYakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainers of Wings of Tavrida display team at the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
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Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainers of Wings of Tavrida display team at the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
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Yak-130 aircraft during a demonstration flight at the MAKS-2013 Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky.
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A Yak 130 takes part in a flying display at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England, on July 9, 2012.
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Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainers/light attack aircraft at a rehearsal of the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
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Russian Yak-130 plane performs a flight during a celebration marking the Russian air force's 100th anniversary in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012
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A Yak-130 jet in a preliminary flight shortly before the opening of the 8th MAKS aerospace show in the Moscow environs
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The Yak-130 operational trainer during a demonstration flight at the 8th International air and space show MAKS in Zhukovsky near Moscow.
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The Yak-130 operational trainer during a demonstration flight at the 8th International air and space show MAKS-2007 in Zhukovsky near Moscow.

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A Russian Yak-130 fighter jet shoots flares while perfoming a trick during the MAKS 2009 international aerospace show outside Moscow in Zhukovsky on August 20, 2009. The MAKS international aerospace show is being held for the 9th time. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV
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Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainers of Wings of Tavrida display team at the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.

In its operation radius the Yak-130 can challenge the US F-16 fighter and function as a light strike aircraft.

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The plane is being used in the air forces of Belarus and Libya (apart from Russia), with Asian and South American in the queue. The plane can successfully perform counter-insurgency operations such as those in Syria and Iraq, the magazine notes, adding that the Yak-130 is cost-effective and carries huge fire power.

 

Moscow and Rome joined efforts, and Italy manufactured trainer Aermacchi М-346, which resembles the Yak-130 but lacks the latter's repair capability. The US is considering to buy the Italian plane which may have an ironic consequence: the rival pilots of Russia and the US, learning to operate T-50s and F-35s, will be training with the same aircraft.

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