|PRIMARY TRAINER||Virtual Aircraft Museum / USSR / Russia / Yakovlev|
The last aircraft design competition in the Soviet Union was for a two-seat primary trainer for DOSAAF and aero clubs. Yakovlev of course competed. The Yak-112 was the outright winner, but it has subsequently been developed as a multi-role four-seater.
Unlike so many konversiya aircraft, the Yak-112 seems assured of commercial success. A model was displayed in 1990, a mock-up in 1991 and the first flight was made on 20 October 1992 (a recent Russian article gives the date as 27 May 1993). Yakovlev claim that by mid-1993 orders totalled 500, including large numbers from India and South American countries. Production is in hand at two plants, Smolensk and Irkutsk.
Bill Gunston & Yefim Gordon "Yakovlev Aircraft since 1924", 1997