Saturday, August 29, 2015

Belarus sign for additional Yak-130 trainer jets

During the MAKS -2015 airshow in Moscow, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus and Irkut has signed a contract to supply four additional combat training aircraft Yak-130.

 The aircraft will be delivered to Belarus in 2016. A Laser rangefinder equipped variant of the Yak-130 was unveiled at the airshow, which improve its ground attack capabilities.

From the Ministry of Defense of Belarus the document was signed by Deputy Chief of the Defense Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Shevchenko and from the Irkut, President Oleg Demchenko.

In April 2015, Irkut has completed the delivery of the first batch of  four Yak-130 to Belarus under a contract signed in 2013.

The Yak-130 can serve as a high end trainer as well as a light combat aircraft with the ability to carry a wide range of weapon payload weighting upto 3000 kg.

The Yak-130 will replace the Czech built Aero Vodochody L-39 trainers in Belarus army fleet.