The second prototype of the I-22 trainer!strike aircraft, the first prototype of which first flew more than two years ago.
The I-22 has the ability to operate from grass or dirt strips, and emphasis in the design is placed on ease of servicing and maintenance with rudimentary facilities, features likely to have appeal to potential third world purchasers.
The staged camber on the wing leading edge gives the optical illusion in the photograph of varying degrees of taper.
Conceptually similar to the Alpha Jet, but lower-powered and designed as a dual-role aircraft from the outset, the I-22 is intended as a successor to the late 'fifties-vintage TS-11 Iskra.
The Turbo Orlik which was lost in January 1987 while being demonstrated to the Colombian Air Force.
The Iskierka was developed fundamentally as a competitor to the Orlik in meeting Polish Air Force primary/basic training requirements and has a more conventional wing aspect ratio than that of the Warszawa-Okecie aircraft.
The prototype Iskierka, originally conceived with a view to possible installation of a turboprop
The forward cockpit of the M-26 00 Iskierka is thoroughly conventional in arrangement. The M-26 01 is intended to have a Lycoming AEIO-540-LIB5D engine.