The first two Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced training jets for the Belarus Air Force have arrived at Lida Airbase. They arrived on board a IL-76 transport aircraft, the first on 15 April, the second on 18 April.
Two more of the jets – which share the base design with Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346, are expected to arrive soon. Belarus military pilots have been training at Zhukovsky in Russia on the type, which is produced by the Irkut Aircraft Production Company. Familiarization with the jets started in February.
Belarus intends to use the Yak-130s as light combat aircraft as well, promoting its range of weapons in official publications. The jets can carry up to 6630 lbs (3000 kg) of payload on nine external hardpoints. The Belarus jets have a green camouflage livery on top and a grey monotone paint on the bottom.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel burger
Featured image (top): One of the first two Yak-130 of the Belarus Air Force on its delivery flight on board a IL-76 airlifter (Image © Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus)