A Yak-130 (Image © Irkut)

Belarus doubles its Yak-130 fleet

Belarus is making its Yakovlev Yak-130 fleet larger by ordering another batch of four of these aircraft this week.

Belarus intends to use the Yak-130s not only as advanced jet trainers, but as light combat aircraft as well. 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.

The former Soviet state received four Yak-130s in 2014, giving its air force a operational boost. The Yaks are designed by Yakovlev, but produced by Irkut. In Belarus service they replace the 10 aging Let L-39s of Czech origin. As we reported earlier, Belarus is also buying new Hip helicopters from Russia.

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Featured image: A Yak-130 (Image © Irkut)