Yak-25RRV special recco and Yak-25PA balloon interceptor, A.S.Yakovlev

n late 70's small number of Yak-25RV were equipped with underwing filtering devices for radioactive contamination monitoring. In 1971 some of those aircraft received 'Volna-S' containers with electromagnetic pulse sensors. This variant had a heating system for containers, using hot air from engine compressors. Trials proved that aircraft performance was not degraded.
Also in 1971 special high-altitude armed aircraft was under development (Yak-25PA, Perekhvatchik Aerostatov, Balloon Interceptor). Even larger wing was suggested (58m2), allowing Yak-25PA to destroy spy balloons at altitudes up to 19,400m. But the power of R-11B-300 engine was insufficient for this goal, and project was abandoned.


  • 'Aviatsia i vremia' 6/1997
  • "Russian aircraft since 1940" by Jean Alexander, p.477-482;
  • Yak-25RV 'Mandrake'
  • Created June 25, 1999
    by Alexandre Savine;
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