Russia to develop new carrier-borne VTOL fighter jets

The Russia is planning to develop a carrier-borne vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) fighter aircraft based on Yakovlev Yak-38/141, Sputnik news reported citing Yury Borisov, Russian Deputy Defense Minister.

“The Defense Ministry is discussing with our aircraft manufacturers the development of an aircraft with a short take-off and landing, possibly with a vertical take-off and landing, this is the development of the Yak line,” Borisov was quoted as saying on the sidelines of the MAKS-2017 air show.

Currently, Russian Navy operated a sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. Admiral Kuznetsov carries three fixed wing aircraft namely Sukhoi Su-33 heavy multi-role fighter, MiG-29K/KUB multi-role fighter and Sukhoi Su-25UTG/UBP trainers.

Late last month, Vice-Adm. Viktor Bursuk, Russia’s deputy navy commander in charge of procurement, was reported as saying that the Russian Navy is planning the construction of a new aircraft carrier to accompany the Admiral Kuznetsov.


Yakovlev Yak-38 (Russian: Яковлев Як-38; NATO reporting name: “Forger”) was the Soviet Naval Aviation’s only operational VTOL strike fighter aircraft, in addition to being its first operational carrier-based fixed-wing aircraft.

It was developed specifically for, and served almost exclusively, on the Kiev-class aircraft carriers.


Yakovlev Yak-141 (Russian: Яковлев Як-141; NATO reporting name “Freestyle”), also known as the Yak-41, was a Soviet supersonic vertical takeoff/landing (VTOL) fighter aircraft designed by Yakovlev.

It was only used for testing and never went to series production and operational deployment.

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