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 (kg/m2) 181
Speed at ?m 900km/h
Range 2500km
Ceiling 20500m

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

75k photo at 'Russian Power'

Development 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'

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