Yak-25RV-I, Yak-25RV-II drones A.S.Yakovlev

75k photo at 'Russian Power'

evelopment of high altitude target drones based on Yak-25RV started in 1958, even prior trials of the experimental reconnaissater. Yak-25RV-I was intended as manned target for fighter-interceptors, practicing unarmed interception of high altitude targets. Difference from series Yak-25RV by deleted photoequipment. There were no surprises during trials (finished in 1961), and limited series production started in Ulan-Ude.
Minor improvements, introduced during production, resulted in 240kg weight savings, what was quite substantial for high altitude performance (August 1962).
If necessary, Yak-25RV-I could be re-equipped for unmanned operation. Standard unmanned version was designated Yak-25RV-II and was used by high altitude interceptor regiments for life firing practice. Yak-25RV-II was equipped with P-28 autopilot and remote control set. It was guided by specially modified Yak-30 trainer.
Retired reconnaissaters Yak-25RV were also converted into target drones.


  • 'Aviatsia i vremia' 6/1997
  • "Russian aircraft since 1940" by Jean Alexander, p.477-482;
  • Yak-25RV 'Mandrake'
  • Technical data
    Type Yak-25RV-I (-II)
    Function Target drone
    Year 1960
    Crew 1 (none for Yak-25RV-II)
    Engines 2*3250/3900kg R-11B-300
    Length 15.93m
    Height ?m
    Wingspan 23.4m
    Wing area 55m2
    Empty weight 6285kg
    Loaded weight 9935kg
    Wing load 181kg/m2
    Trust-to-Weight 1,53
    Speed at ?m 900km/h
    Range 2500km
    Ceiling 20500m
    Created June 24, 1999
    by Alexandre Savine;
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