12:00 AM, May 25, 2012
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Irkut expects to receive new orders this year for the Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced jet trainer and light-attack aircraft, says company president Alexey Fedorov. Russia's defence ministry late last year signed a production order for 55 of the twin-engined aircraft to equip the nation's air force. These will be delivered as a mix of training aircraft and armed combat trainers, Fedorov says. In 2011, Irkut also delivered its first export examples of the type to Algeria, under a 16-unit order. "At the moment we are conducting pretty intensive talks and negotiations with more than 10 potential customers, and I believe that in the near future we are going to sign new export contracts," Fedorov says, while declining to identify any buyers.
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