Syria: new Yak-130 trainer aircraft to arrive from Russia this year
Moscow, Russia - 36 planes to be delivered during the next three years
(WAPA) - According to rumours reported by the Russian daily "Kommersant" and coming from Rosoboronexport, the Russian Federation's agency which manages the export of products of the defence industry, Syria will start to receive by the end of the year the first batch of Yak-130 trainer aircraft for which the Middle Eastern country has already made a payment in advance of 100 million dollars last June, as stated in the contract which was signed in December 2011.
The bloody civil war which has been going on for three years, fought by the rebels who are trying to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the troops loyal to the President, had jeopardized the deal, also because of the crtiticism against Russia for an arms sale to the Middle Eastern country during the conflict. Moscow has repeatedly stated that the supply only includes defense weapons, and it is not in violation of any international laws.
Syria is expected to receive nine aircraft by the end of 2014, twelve in 2015 and fifteen in 2016, for overall 36 airplanes.
The Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) is a two-seat advanced jet trainer/ground attack aircraft able to replicate the characteristics of several 4+ generation fighters, which has been developed from 1993 through a collaboration between Yakovlev Design Bureau and Aermacchi (and indeed it shares several characteristics with the M-346 Master of the Italian aerospace firm), and entered into service in 2010.
Each of its Progress AI-222-25 turbofan engines has a thrust of 5512 lbf: its maximum speed is 1050 km/h, with a range of 2546 km at a service ceiling of 12,500 metres. Currently the only operators are the air forces of Russia and Algeria: in addition to Syria, also Bangladesh and Belarus have outstanding orders, whereas Mongolia and Vietnam have expressed their interest in the airplane. (Avionews)