SR-10: Unique Russian Forward-Swept Wing Jet Trainer Passes Tests

09:59 31.05.2016(updated 16:57 31.05.2016)

Russia’s unique forward-swept wing jet trainer SR-10 is passing tests with the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Moscow Region.

The plane’s name can be explained as “jet with wing sweep —10°”, which reflects the aircraft’s main constructional feature — the moderately forward-swept wings facilitating stability and maneuverability at low speeds.

This subsonic, single engine, all-composite plane meets the needs of unexperienced pilots who will later change it for the Yak-130 — a sophisticated trainer which is in fact a full-fledged combat plane wanted by a number of countries for their air forces.

In contrast with the Yak-130, the SR-10 is more economically feasible for practice.

The plane, manufactured by Russian private design bureau “Modern Aviation Technologies,” hit the skies for the first time in December.

Its K-93 catapult seats can eject pilots at zero altitude at a speed of 950km/h.

Another Russian forward-swept wing plane, the Su-47 (S-37) Berkut, was a promising next-generation fighter which became a flying lab. It has served as a platform for testing advanced technologies later implemented in the T-50 PAK FA fifth-generation aircraft.




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Cockpit footage from SR-10, Russia’s new forward-swept wing trainer


The KB SAT SR-10 is a prototype Russian single-engine jet trainer aircraft, fitted with a single forward-swept wing. It first flew in 2015, and is being offered to the Russian Air Force and for export.

The Russian design bureau KB SAT (Sovremyenne Aviatsyonne Tekhnologii – Modern Aircraft Technologies) began work on a single-engine jet trainer and sport aircraft, the SR-10, in 2007, displaying a mockup at the MAKS airshow at Zhukovsky in August 2009. The SR-10 is a mid-wing monoplane of all-composite construction, with a wing swept forward at an angle of 10 degrees. The crew of two sit in a tandem cockpit. It is powered by a single turbofan, with a Ivchenko AI-25V fitted in the prototype, but more modern Russian engines, such as the NPO Saturn AL-55 are proposed for production aircraft.

Ivchenko AI-25V

Ivchenko AI-25V fitted in the prototype

The SR-10 was offered to meet a 2014 requirement for a basic trainer for the Russian Air force, but was rejected in favour of the Yakovlev Yak-152, a proposed turboprop trainer. Despite this setback, KB SAT continued to develop the SR-10, proposing it as an intermediate trainer between the Yak-152 and the Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced trainer and for export. The first prototype SR-10 made its maiden flight on 25 December 2015.

Specifications (SR-10)

Data from Russia’s New Jet Trainer

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 9.59 m (31 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.40 m (27 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.55 m (11 ft 8 in)
  • Gross weight: 2,400 kg (5,291 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,700 kg (5,952 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ivchenko AI-25V turbofan, 16.87 kN (3,790 lbf) thrust


  • Maximum speed: 900 km/h (559 mph; 486 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 520 km/h (323 mph; 281 kn)
  • Range: 1,500 km (932 mi; 810 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,685 ft)
  • g limits: +10/-8
  • Rate of climb: 60 m/s (12,000 ft/min) 


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