The Russian Ministry of Defense has ordered 30 more Yak-130 trainer and light attack jets for the Russian Air Force. The contract was signed in Moscow recently by vice-secretary of Defense Yuri Borisov and the Irkut aircraft manufacturing company.
The Yak-130 prepares Russian student pilots for 4th generation fighter aircraft like the Su-30 and Su-35 Flanker, plus the 5th generation PAK-FA that is currently being tested. The Yak-130 was initially designed as a jet trainer but has been modified to fulfill a light attack role also.
The Kremlin so far has ordered 109 Yak-130s, including this latest batch. All 30 aircraft in this latest contract should be delivered by the end of 2018.
Algeria, Bangladesh and Belarus also operate the Yak-130.
© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A fully loaded Yak-130 in Russian Air Force livery during a test flight. (Image © Irkut)