12:00 AM, October 5, 2012
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JSC Irkut Corporation has handed over the first batch of six Yak-130 combat trainers to the Russian Air Force. Pilots of Borisoglebsk training center completed transported the three aircraft from Irkutsk aviation plant to the base aerodrome in Borisoglebsk city. According to the terms of the contract signed in 2011, the Russian AIr Force will recieve 55 Yak-130 combat trainers delivery by 2015. Anatoly Serdyukov, Minister of Defence, said, “Equipping the Air Force with Yak-130 aircraft allow achieving a desired level of pilot’s trainings to handle new generation combat fighters, which are to be mass procured by the Military Department”. Oleg Demchenko, President of JSC IRKUT Corporation, said, “Our Company will continue increasing the production rate of combat aircraft within the State defence order. Now, together with the Sukhoi Design Bureau we are testing new Su-30SM multirole fighters with pilot’s training functions. In 2012 IRKUT plans to transfer the first batch of aircraft this type to the Russian Ministry of Defence”.
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