Yak-130s are known to fly in a overall grey paint scheme (Image © Irkut)

Russia supplies Syria with light attack / trainers

Yak-130s are known to fly in a overall grey paint scheme, but for the aerobatic team the colour scheme has yet to be decided (Image © Irkut)
A Yak-130 (Image © Irkut)

Russia will go ahead with the delivery of light attack and advanced training aircraft to civil war stricken Syria. According to Rosoboronexport the first of 36 Yakovlev Yak-130s will arrive before the end of 2014.

A spokesperson of the Russian state’s arm export company said to the newspaper Kommersant that the first batch will be nine aircraft, with at least another dozen in 2015 and the last batch in 2016. Syria apparently already has paid for six of the aircraft.

Governments of many Western countries are quite unhappy by Russia’s continuous arms shipments to Syria, as the weapons might be used against the civilian population. The Kremlin’s view differs from that of the west, as Moscow sees the military actions of Damascus’s military as a response to restore stability.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger

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