Russia is preparing to showcase its newest airplane at the upcoming Army-2015 expo, which is scheduled to take place between Tuesday and Friday in the town of Kubinka, about 39 miles west of Moscow, the Russian defense ministry announced Monday. The aircraft, called “Yakovlev Yak-130,” will take center stage when the exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday.
“Aviation line represented by newest aircraft [Yakovlev] Yak-130, [Sukhoi] Su-30, Su-34, Su-35, PAK FA T-50 and helicopters Ansat-U, [Kamov] Ka-226, Mi-8 AMTSh ‘Terminator,’ Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter,’ Mi-35M and Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ will be opening the dynamic display on the first and last days of the forum,” Russia’s Sputnik News quoted the defense ministry as saying.
The ministry also said that the Yakovlev Yak-130 aircraft will fly at an altitude of 250 meters (820 feet), while the helicopters on display will fly at an altitude of less than 150 meters (492 feet) during the event, which is organized by the Russian defense ministry, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos and the state technology corporation Rostec, Sputnik News reported.
An empty Yak-130 weighs nearly 9,921 pounds while the aircraft’s maximum weight during take-off is about 19,841 pounds. The fighter jet, which features a two-seat tandem cockpit, can fly at a maximum speed of about 652 miles per hour, and carry both guided air-to-surface and air-to-air missiles.
“The aircraft aerodynamic configuration and flight and power plant controls performance make it possible to operate the aircraft essentially at all flight conditions, typical of modern and advanced combat aircraft,” A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau, the Russian designer and manufacturer of the Yak-130, said in a statement on its website.