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SINGAPORE, February 15 (Itar-Tass) — Bangladesh is considering a possible purchase of ten Russian-made Yak-130 lead-in fighter trainer planes, Alexei Fyoforov, president of Russia’s aircraft building corporation Irkut said on Tuesday .
Talks are at the initial stages. “Bangladesh has a big budget, what is more, a state loan might be used,” Fyodofov tolf journalists on Tuesday.
In his words, the market capacity for Yak-130 aircraft might reach 2,500 planes by the year 2020. “We hope to get from 25 to 30 percent of this market,” he said.
The Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) is a subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer /light attack aircraft or lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau. Development of the plane began in 1991, and the maiden flight was conducted on April 26, 1996. In 2005, it won a Russian government tender for training aircraft, and in 2009 the first planes were put into service in the Russian Air Force. As an advanced training aircraft, the Yak-130 is able to replicate the characteristics of several 4+ generation fighters as well as the fifth-generation Sukhoi T-50. It can also perform light-attack and reconnaissance duties, carrying a combat load of 3,000 kilograms.