Images circulating on social media showed one of the light attack training jet parked at a hanger, with IRIAF logo printed on its fuselage, Iran’s news agencies reported.
The Yakovlev Yak-130, developed by Russian aircraft designer and manufacturer Yakovlev in conjunction with Italian firm Aermacchi, is a subsonic two-seat jet trainer and light combat aircraft.
The jet trainer entered service with the Russian Air Force in 2010, and is currently employed by Algerian, Bangladeshi, Belarusian, Laotian and Myanmar air forces.
The Yak-130 aircraft is equipped with nine hardpoints, allowing for the attachment of various ordnance or fuel tanks. Two hardpoints are located on the wingtips, one underneath the fuselage, and six more under the wings, enabling a total combat load capacity of around 3,000 kilograms or around 6,600 pounds.
Its maximum airspeed is just below Mach 1, and the reported service ceiling is 12,500 meters or about 41,000 feet.
Earlier this year, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani launched the production line of homegrown Yasin training jet, which could also be tasked for close air support (CAS).
The new version of Yasin training jet that was unveiled on March 11 appears to have been much more upgraded and developed in tactical terms compared to the first prototype unveiled during a ceremony in Shahid Noje Airbase in Iran’s western province of Hamadan on October 17, 2019.
The Iranian jet trainer is said to be furnished with a homegrown ejection seat, avionics, engine, and landing gear.
The airborne weather radar installed on its radome has been manufactured by domestic knowledge-based companies.
Yasin reportedly weighs 5.5 tonnes, and is able to fly up to 1,200 kilometers.
Its wing design enables the jet to land and take off at a speed of at least 200 kilometers per hour.
Source: Press TV#Iran #Russia 23-09-03
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