Yakovlev Yak-201


Once developed the Yak and Yak-141-43 engineers from the Yakovlev Design Bureau started to further branch of VTOL Yak-201. At this time, it is only a draft design. Neither layout nor the more experienced prototype is not designed. We began designing its own initiative in the middle of EDO staff 90-ies.


According to the given parameters, the new VTOL should have some differences from the previous Yak-141 and Yak-43, and primarily in terms of the increased range. Aircraft will be created according to the traditional scheme used in the basic models with the presence of a two-kilo tail unit. It will be installed with a large angle of inclination. The entire structure of the aircraft is drawn on unobtrusive characteristics and has a small number of right angles. According to the plan of the power plant, the engine used will be in a single instance, lifting-marching, with a mechanical drive on the lift fan. The engine will be installed behind the cockpit. The nozzle of the engine was viewed in different versions, in particular a flat or round shape, but it is performed in a rotary version.


The mechanism of change of the thrust vector will enable the aircraft to be supermaneuverability. Armament Yak-201 will be placed in a specially designed inner compartments of the fuselage. But to design the layout plane never arrived. A draft version of the show representatives of the Defense Ministry, but it was never approved. The main reason was that the Yak-201 lacked funds, and an additional pretext became uncertain TTT program PRL.


According to preliminary data from the Design Bureau, the fighter-interceptor was calculated for one pilot. Since they did not dare with the final version of the engine, according to approximate data, the aircraft should reach a speed of 1250 km / h at the ground, and 1800 km / h in the air. The practical ceiling for the Yak-201 is 15 meters. Among the armament, it was decided to use the GSh-000 small gun with 301 rounds of ammunition. And at four points of the suspension it was decided to install an air-to-air missile system of the R-120 long-range or R-77 medium-range type. In some versions, the installation of close-range missiles R-27 and R-73 and NAR blocks with a caliber of up to 60 mm were studied.


Yak-201 characteristics:

  • Purpose: interceptor fighter vertical takeoff and landing 
  • Manufacturer: Yakovlev Design Bureau 


  • Crew: 1 people
  • Max. speed at the ground: 1250 km / h
  • Max. speed at height: 1800 km / h
  • Combat radius: 690 km
  • Range of flight: - at the ground - 1250
  • - At an altitude of 10-12 km - 2100 km
  • Service ceiling: 15000 m


  • Length: 18,3 m
  • Height: 5,0 m
  • Wingspan: - in the unfolded position - 10,1 m
  • - Folded - 5,9 m m
  • Wing area: 63,4 m;


  • Max. takeoff - when the run 120 m - 19500
  • with vertical takeoff - 15800 kg


  • Small-gun armament: 1 x 30mm, GSH-301 (120 ammunition shells) 

  • Number of suspension points: internal placement of 4 positions 

  • Suspended arms SD air-to-air (P-77 (RVV-AE) or P-27-Range and P-73 short-range or P-60 close air combat) and air-to-surface (X-25, X-31A or X -35), gun mount (23 mm, 250 rounds) or starting blocks NAR caliber from the 80 240 mm up to six bombs caliber 500 kg.


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