Rosoboronexport and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) have set up the delivery schedule for Yak-130 operational trainers to be delivered to Syria, Kommersant reports.
It was reported by a source close to Rosoboronexport. According to him, 9 jets of the type should be delivered to Syria in 2014, 12 ones – in 2015 and 15 ones – in 2016. "Thus we will implement the contract for delivery of 36 Yak-130 operational trainers to Syria", — he noted.
Rosoboronexport and UAC declined to comment the deliveries of the aircraft and other military equipment officially. However, CEO of Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Isaykin, during his last interview didn’t confirm the fact that Syria operates Yak-130 aircraft; at the same time he confirmed that the contract was signed.
This contract signed in the fourth quarter of 2011 is the last one between Russia and Syria; no other agreements have been announced since that time. Initially the first six jets should have been delivered to the customer in 2013; the corresponding advance to the amount of $100 million has already been received. However, by force of circumstances, including political situation, the deliveries of Yak-130 aircraft to Syria have been delayed.
Contracts between Syria and Russia are difficult to implement, despite the fact that Russian military-industrial sector is ready to manufacture any batch of these aircraft or other military equipment after receiving advance payments.
The major problems are connected with delivery of the cargo to the customer: NATO countries and USA were trying different ways to prevent the army of Bashar al-Assad from taking deliveries of Russian-produced military equipment and weapons in recent years.