Russian air forces plan to purchase another batch of Yak-130 operational trainers after implementation of the current contract, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the Commander-in-Chief of the air forces, Viktor Bondarev.
"We are pretty sure that we will sign this contract", — Bondarev said during his visit to Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
The existing contract assumes delivery of 55 Yak-130 operational trainers. A total of 42 jets of the type have already been delivered to the customer. Irkut Corporation delivered 18 Yak-130s to the air forces. Two more Yak-130 jets should be delivered to the Ministry of Defense by the end of 2013 (on account of the 2014 order).
According to the Commander-in-Chief, the air forces need a lot of Yak-130 operational trainers, because the Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, decided to expand the recruitment for the Air Force Academies in 2013-2014.