Kit #AA2027. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1975, the Soviet Defense Ministry required Yakovlev OKB to design an advance version of new carrier-based VTOL fighter. It was to intended to replace the Yak-38 Forger for the air defense of the Kiev class carriers and cruisers, with secondary attack capabilities. The project was assigned as the standard military fighter designation, Yak-41. It operated with two lift-jets mounted vertically behind the cockpit and a vectoring nozzle on the main engine. Four prototypes were ordered but the development was delayed by financial constraints. In 1987, the first prototype made its first flight. In 1991, it set records for rapid climb and became the first Russian supersonic VTOL fighter. In 1992, one of the prototype was displayed at the Farnborough air show and was classified the true designation, Yak-141. A year later, due to lack of funds, the Yak-141 program was terminated.