American edition The National Interest stated that American experts call the Russian combat training multipurpose fighter Yak-130 "a little horror that NATO should be afraid of," reports "Russian newspaper".
And, as noted in the material, this statement is based on real facts: under each wing of the Russian aircraft there are three suspension points, allowing it to be equipped with three tons of different weapons, including air-to-surface, air-to-air missiles, free-fall bombs, precision-guided bombs, cannon containers, unguided rockets, and outboard fuel tanks.
In addition, an 130-mm cannon can be mounted under the Yak-23 fuselage, and there are two suspension points for air-to-air missiles at the ends of the wings.
The weight of a fully equipped and fueled fighter is 10 300 kg, which is a little more than half the maximum take-off weight of the F-16 - the main multipurpose fighter of the US Air Force and most American allies.
Currently, the Yak-130 combat training fighters are in service with the Algerian Air Force, and contracts have been signed for their delivery to Belarus and Bangladesh.
The National Interest: Yak-130 - “a little horror that NATO should be afraid of”
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