Next year Russia will start deliveries of Yak-130 operational trainers to Bangladesh under a contract for 16 jets of the type, Voenno-promishlenniy Courier reports with reference to Director for Special Commissions of Rosoboronexport and the head of the company’s delegation at DSA-2014, Nikolay Dimidyuk.
«We have signed the contract recently; Irkut Corporation is the main contractor. The deliveries will be started in the second half of 2015», - the source said. He reminded that Yak-130 jets will be purchased by Bangladesh in the network of a $1 billion credit granted by Russia and intended for purchase of military equipment.
«We have sold 16 jets of the type to Bangladesh and many APAC countries are interested in Yak-130, because it has proven itself under severe conditions», - Dimidyuk added.
Rosoboronexport reported earlier that the company is negotiating deliveries of Yak-130 jets to 10 countries. Experts believe that successful promotion of Yak-130 at the global market is connected with the fact that Russian air forces have put the jet into service. Under the contract signed in December 2011 by Russian Ministry of Defense and Irkut Corporation 55 Yak-130s must be delivered to the air forces during a period until 2015.