Belarus plans to purchase eight more Yakovlev (Mitten) Yak-130 jet trainers from Russia, in addition to four planes, which Irkut Corporation agreed to deliver.
"In the near future, the purchase of eight more such planes is planned. As a result, a full squadron of Yak-130 will be created and the training of flight crews will be arranged," Commander of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence Maj. Gen. Oleg Dvigalev was quoted as saying by the Belarusian Military Newspaper on Friday.
A contract on the delivery of four Russian Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainers to Belarus was signed on Wednesday at the MAKS-2015 International Aviation and Space Salon.
The Yak-130 is a two-seat jet trainer able to perform attack and reconnaissance duties including in tough weather conditions. The subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft or lead-in fighter trainer has been originally developed by Yakovlev and Aermacchi.
Russias Irkut Corp signed a contract with Belarus to sell four Russian Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainers at the MAKS-2015 air show near Moscow. "We hope to one day sign a contract for larger aircraft," Oleg Demchenko, president of Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation, told reporters at the signing ceremony
Belarus and Russia have started joint development of a new short-range air defense system to replace the outdated Strela-10M systems currently in service with their armed forces. “The work is being carried out in the framework of the [Russia-Belarus] Union State
Belarus has ordered new additional Russian Yak-130 Jets. The country has signed two contracts for four Russian Yakolev Yak-130 Mitten trainer/strike aircraft, Major General Oleg Dvigalev was quoted as saying by the BelTA news agency Thursday
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