This year Russia will deliver 14 Yak-130 operational trainers to Bangladesh and two more jets of the type – in 2016, TASS reports with reference to Irkut Corporation CEO, Oleg Demchenko.
“The contract for delivery of 16 Yak-130 operational trainers is being implemented in accordance with the schedule. This year we will deliver 14 Yak-130s to the customer and two more jets – in 2016,” Demchenko said at LIMA-2015 show held in Malaysia.
Bangladesh is the second non-CIS country to place an order for Yak-130 operational trainers. Earlier 16 jets of the type were delivered to Algeria. It was reported earlier that Bangladesh purchased Yak-130 jets in the network of a $1 billion credit granted by Russia and intended for purchase of military equipment.
Yak-130 operational trainer (NATO reporting name: Mitten) is designed for pilot training and combat missions. The jet is capable of destroying ground and air targets. It is used for training of future pilots of “4+”-generation and fifth-generation fighters. The jet performed its maiden flight in 1996 and was selected as the primary trainer of the Russian air forces in 2002.