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UTVA Lasta M95

Basic and advanced trainer

UTVA Lasta M95

The UTVA Lasta M95 trainer aircraft was ordered by Serbia and Iraq

 
 
Country of origin Serbia
Entered service 2010
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 7.97 m
Wing span 9.71 m
Height 3.16 m
Weight (empty) ~ 1 000 kg
Weight (maximum take off) ~ 1 600 kg
Engines and performance
Engine Lycoming AEIO-540-Z1B5D
Engine power 300 hp
Maximum speed ~ 345 km/h
Service ceiling ?
Ferry range ?
Combat radius ?
Armament
Machine guns 7.62-mm, or 12.7-mm (podded)
Bombs 2 x 100 kg free fall bombs
Other 57-mm rocket pods

 

   The Lasta (Swallow) is a tandem-seat low-wing trainer, manufactured by UTVA and designed by military technical institute (VTI) to meet requirement of the Yugoslavian government. This aircraft is capable of basic training, aerobatics, tactical and night flying. It was originally developed as a replacement for the UTVA 75 basic trainer, used by the Yugoslavian Air Force. The Lasta was ordered by Serbia (15) and Iraq (20).

   The first prototype was completed and made its maiden flight in 1985. Substantial changes were made to the prototype and in 1989 a modified version - the Lasta 2, was completed. It is a lighter aircraft, with shorter fuselage and a new electronic systems.

   By early 1990s 5 pre-production aircraft were under construction, however with the brake-up of the Yugoslavia production and further development plans were abandoned. During the 1999 NATO attacks on Yugoslavia, all 5 aircraft were destroyed during the bombing of the factory. One damaged aircraft was given to the Yugoslav Aeronautical Museum.

   In 2006 development of the Lasta was restarted. The new version was known as the Lasta M95. In 2009 it was announced that Iraq will purchase 20 of these trainer aircraft. The Iraqi Air Force demanded armament attachments for free fall bombs and machine guns. The Lasta M95 has two attachments under the wings, capable of caring 120 kg. First trainers were delivered to Iraq in 2010.

   Serbia ordered 15 of these aircraft. The Serbian version has advanced electronics. Its cockpit is fully digitized so it can be compatible with the new multi-role fighter, which will replace the ageing fleet of MiG-21.

 

Mane Radakovic

   Article by MANE RADAKOVIC

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Video of the UTVA Lasta M95 basic and advanced trainer

 
UTVA Lasta M95

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