The Yak-152 training aircraft performed its maiden flight at the Irkutsk airfield in Russia on Thursday.
The new trainer aircraft is designed to master flying techniques, basics of navigation, aerobatic flights, as well as group piloting according to the company’s statement.
In june, Irkut aviation plant revealed that it had a production order for 150 examples of the aircraft.
The Yak-152 has been under development in various forms for at least 15 years, partly in cooperation with China (as the L-7), and is a derivative of the Yak-54 acrobatic aircraft.
Originally selected to the replace the Yak-52 in 2001, progress on the aircraft stalled until 2014 when a contract was awarded to Irkut Corporation to complete its development. The aircraft had been due to make its maiden flight in 2015 and enter service in November 2016.
The ageing Yak-52 trainers are scheduled to be replaced with the new Yak-152.