Russia in June will begin deliveries of Yak-130 in Bangladesh

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Russia will deliver 14 Yakovlev-130 aircraft to Bangladesh this year and two more next year, according to Oleg Demchenko, president of Irkut Corporation, which builds these twin-engine weaponized jet trainers. The contract with Bangladesh was signed last year and includes options for 10 more aircraft. The jets are being financed through a one-billion-dollar credit arranged by the Kremlin on the base of sovereign guarantees.

Bangladesh is the third export customer for the Yak-130, which features a re-programmable flight control system able to emulate behavior and handling qualities of various types. It has a secondary role as a light attack aircraft.

Algeria operates 16 aircraft in the customized Yak-130A version with added anti-shipping capability. Belarus ordered eight Yak-130s due for delivery in 2014-2015, to replace outdated L-39 jet trainers. Four are believed to have been delivered, with four more expected to arrive this month. Eighteen technicians and four pilots from Belarus are reported to be in Russia now for training.

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