Displayed on the United Aircraft Corporation Stand 207 in Hall A in model form is Russia’s latest trainer, the Yak-152. Designed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau and built by the Irkut Corporation, the Yak-152 is a diesel-powered trainer that is being put into production for Russia’s ‘Ptichka VVS’ requirement to equip the DOSAAF military-affiliated aero club organisation.
It is also being offered for export, both on its own and with the Yak-130 advanced jet trainer and ground-based training systems as part of the ‘UTK-Yak’ training complex.
Having produced more than 22,000 radial-engined trainers for the Soviet Union and its allies, Yakovlev began development of the Yak-152 in the late 1990s to answer a Russian air force requirement, but it lost out to the Sukhoi Su-49 in 2001, which itself was cancelled. The Yak design was resurrected in conjunction with the Chinese Hongdu company as the CJ-7, which first flew in 2010 with an M-14X radial engine.
In 2014 it was reborn for the current requirement. Radically altering the traditional ‘Yak trainer’ look is the new powerplant, a 500hp RED A03 diesel V-12 engine developed in Germany by Raikhlin Aircraft Engine Developments and first tested in a modified Yak-52. Other notable features are the Zvezda SKS-94M2 emergency ejection system, a modern avionics system with multi-function displays, and a fully aerobatic capability of +9/-7g when flown by a single pilot, or +8/-6g with two people on board.
Russia has a requirement for at least 150 Yak-152s to replace the ageing radial-engined Yak-52. Yakovlev has built four prototypes, including aircraft assigned to static and fatigue tests. The first of the two flying prototypes made its first flight on 29 September this year, piloted by Yakovlev OKB pilot Vasily Sevastyanov.