New Yak Trainer Has RED Aircraft Engine

United Aircraft Corporation has revealed for the first time details of the production version of Yakovlev Yak-152, which has been selected as the new primary trainer of the Russian Air Force. Perhaps surprisingly, it eschews the venerable VOKBM M14 radial engine, which was expected to be carried forward from the current Yak-52 opting instead for a German diesel.

Raikhlin Aircraft Engine Developments GmbH (RED) is based in Adenau (Nürburgring), near Cologne. Established by Vladimir Raikhlin in 2008, based on a previous venture founded in 1995, it offers V6 and V12 aero-engines, the larger of which has been test-flying in a civilian Yak-52 since 2010. Rated at 500 hp, it is this, designated A03, which has been selected for the new trainer, married to a German propeller, the variable-pitch, three-blade MTV-9.

First mooted over a decade ago, the Yak-152 initially made little progress, even in spite of an agreement with China that was to have seen it enter military service there as the Hongdu L-7/CJ-7. One M14-powered example conducted a brief evaluation in that country in 2010, but nothing further has been revealed.