Delivery of the first Yak-130 training and combat aircraft to Bangladesh will begin next May, according to statements made during the international exhibition Aero India 2015 in Bangalore
A contract for 16 aircraft was signed in 2013, as part of a larger weapons sales worth 1 billion USD. Bangladesh is paying for all of this by means of a Russian loan.
Next to Russia, the Yak-130 is operated by Belarus, where training on the type starts this month. Vietnam is expecting deliveries also, with Kazakhstan also showing interest. Furthermore, the Yak-130 participates in tenders for trainer and combat aircraft in Malaysia and the Philippines.
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