|RECONNAISSANCE, SPOTTING AIRCRAFT||Virtual Aircraft Museum / USSR / Russia / Yakovlev|
In 1952 Yakovlev embarked on the design of a modern successor to the Yak-6. Until recently it was imagined in the West that the Yak-200 was intended as a trainer for the pilots of multi-engined aircraft, and that a second prototype, the Yak-210, was a trainer for navigators and bombaimers. In fact both were intended for tactical reconnaissance and artillery spotting, though their low performance would have made them very vulnerable in modern warfare. The Yak-210 did, in fact, have a secondarytraining role.
The Yak-200 made its first flight in March 1953, followed by the Yak-210 three months later. Both were submitted for NII-VVS testing, but though they were considered satisfactory aircraft, regarded simply as flying machines, the decision was taken not to order either into production. They could have served as front-line transport and ambulance aircraft, but were regarded as too costly and vulnerable, and Soviet Army Aviation had no real use for them. No ASCC name for these aircraft is known.