September 14, 2015 By: George Allison
Russia will deliver the first Yak-130 trainer aircraft to Bangladesh this week.
The Yak-130 is reportedly able to replicate the characteristics of several fourth generation fighters and also perform light attack and reconnaissance duties.
Bangladesh is the second foreign country beyond former Soviet states to order the Yak-130 combat trainer. Algeria had received 16 of the type before it. At first, Bangladesh wanted 24 Yak-130s, but had to reconsider due to financial constraints.
According to Rostec Director General Sergei Chemezov: “The shipping of the first Yak-130 consignment to Bangladesh will start on September 17, with six aircraft out of the 16 ordered planes to be delivered.”
The aircraft were purchased with an extended loan from Russia.