Yak 130 "Training System" chunk 2

The Yak-130 was designed in response to a 1990 Soviet government issued requirement for 200 new advanced pilot trainer aircraft to replace the L-29 and L-39 in both VVS and A-VMF service, with a carrier-based version demanded by the latter service. Five OKBs responded to the request with designs. Yakovlev OKB's offering was a particularly advanced (though subsonic) trainer designated UTK-Yak. Though unknown at the time, it was later announced that the whole program was in partnership with Aermacchi of Italy, a country that had also recognized the obsolesce of its own jet trainers. The Aermacchi version would become the M-346.
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