A solemn ceremony to hand over four new training and combat aircraft Yak-130 to personnel of the 116th guards assault airbase took place at the Lida airfield on 27 April, BelTA has learned.
The four new aircraft will make up an independent wing as part of the airbase.
The aircraft were delivered to Belarus on board of an IL-76 cargo aircraft. They were then assembled by specialists of the Russian R&D corporation Irkut using the premises of the 116th airbase.
Belarusian pilots and technicians are learning how to fly and provide maintenance services for this kind of aircraft at the aviation personnel training center in the Russian city of Zhukovsky.
Taking part in the aircraft handover ceremony were representatives of the Belarus government, the diplomatic corps, high-ranking officers of the Belarusian army, the Air Force and Air Defense command, and a delegation of the Russian R&D corporation Irkut.