Air International 2016-07
Next Generation Trainers
Aircraft 01 was the first pre-series production Yak-130, flown in 2004. It was displayed at MAKS 2015 with an export configuration including wingtip-mounted Talisman-NT electronic countermeasures pods, a ventral gun pod, bombs and rockets.
The Byelorussian Air and Air Defence Force was the second export customer to receive the Yak-130 advanced jet trainer. The first four aircraft were handed over in April 2015. A further four are expected to be delivered in the second half of this year.
Belarus is using its Yak-130s for light attack duties, as well as lead-in fighter training. The type can carry up to 3,000kg of weapons including R-73 air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, guided and free fall bombs, rockets, gun pods and fuel tanks six underwing pylons, two wingtip rails and a centreline under-fuselage fitting.
The Belarussian Yak-130 passed a milestone on February 4 this year when it launched R-73 air-to-air missiles for the first time.
Following the joint partnership with Aermacchi in the 1990s, the Yak-130's cockpit changed to include liquid crystal displays. The aircraft is equipped with KSU-130 quadruple digital fly-by-wire flight control system.
The Yak-130's digital fly-by-wire cockpit is designed to prepare student pilots for frontline types.
Still in its yellow zinc-chromate primer, the second JL-10, sporting the CFTE serial 435, Is the second and final development airframe for the PLAAF version. The first serial JL-10 will reportedly be handed over soon.
Pilots have excellent all-around visibility from the cockpit. The latest iteration of the improved cockpit, with three large colour multifunction displays replacing the previous two, is also visible.
Two T-346A Masters from 212° Gruppo based at Lecce Air Base. The unit’s parent wing, 610 Stormo, currently has five aircraft assigned.
Raytheon and Leonardo-Finmeccanica's solution to T-X is the T-100, a US-assembled version of the Alenia Aermacchi M-346. Modifications for T-X would include the addition of a refuelling receptacle, a relocated dorsal airbrake and an enlarged cockpit.
The fighter-like appearance of the T-50 Golden Eagle reflects the type's capabilities in downloading advanced flying training for frontline types.
Two of the 49 T-50s that serve the Republic of Korea Air Force in the training role. The RoKAF also has nine T-50Bs and 22 TA-50s, while the FA-50 fighter is re-equipping two squadrons.
Some of the 22 TA-50s that equip the 115th Training Squadron taxiing at their home station Yecheon Air Base. This lead-in fighter training variant has an advanced pulse Doppler multimode fire control radar and the ability to carry weapons.
A prototype of the T-50A, which is an upgrade of the T-50 Golden Eagle trainer, is being proposed for T-X by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries.
The prototype T-50A was rolled out at Sacheon in December 2015. It is being tested in Korea currently; it is planned that test work will shift to the US in 2017.
The Lockheed Martin T-50A during its first flight on June 20, 2016. The aircraft is the company's proposal for the T-X programme.
RoKAF T-50s have two 127 x 127 mm (5 x 5in) colour multi-function displays, a BAE Systems head-up display. Rockwell Collins VIR-130A VOR/ILS, Honeywell H-764G embedded GPS ring laser gyro inertial navigation system, Bendix tactical air navigation system; a Honeywell HG-9550 radar altimeter, Raytheon AEC-232 UHF/VHF radio and a BAE Systems APX-118 IFF transponder.
The second HJT-36. S3474, made its first flight in 2004. This aircraft suffered a belly landing in February 2009, one of several incidents that slowed the type's development and testing progress.
As of November 2015 only six out of 12 limited series production (LSP) HJT-136s had been built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the first being S3851 which leads this formation.
The T-X project is seeking to find a replacement for the more than 400 T-38s in the US Air Force inventory, a type that has been in service since the 1950s.
Civilian crew chiefs with the 394th Combat Training Squadron perform final pre-flight checks on a T-38 Talon prior to launch at Whiteman Air Force Base.
The Commander of the Frecce Tricolori tested the M-345 demonstrator in July 2014, at Venegono. The aircraft wore a possible livery for the Italian national aerobatic team.
The M-345 demonstrator with the new livery of the Frecce Tricolori, taken in flight.