Iran’s Air Force Receives First Russian Yak-130 Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft | Aviation


One of the two Yak-130 delivered to the IRIAF (Tasnim News).

Two Yak-130 combat trainers are currently in Iran’s 8th Tactical Air Force Base near Isfahan.

Images of the first Yak-130 Mitten aircraft for the IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) were released on Tasnim News Agency, a pro-regime outlet with close ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on Sept. 2, 2023. At least two aircraft, 7-9700 and 7-9701, can be seen in the photos and video published by the State-run outlets.

According to the first reports, the jets are being tested in Iran’s 8th Tactical Air Force Base near Isfahan, ahead of the completion of the training of the first group of six Iranian Yak-130 instructor pilots in Russia.

The first two airframes were given some weird paint scheme whose colors (orange/white/green) remind the flag of India rather than that of Iran.

Targeted by stringent Western sanctions, Iran and Russia have boosted their cooperation in various key areas, including energy, trade and military. The most evident sign of the cooperation in the defense sector is the appearance of the Iranian-made Shahed-136 direct attack munitions (also called “kamizake drones”) in the Ukrainian war. Iran denied supplying drones to Russia, as this would require a UN Security Council approval based on the annexe to the 2015 resolution 2231 on Iran nuclear deal, that restricted…

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