IRKUTSK, September 11. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Russia will deliver the first batch of Yakovlev Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft (NATO reporting name Mitten) to Bangladesh on September 17, Rostec Director General Sergei Chemezov said on Friday.
"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," Chemezov said.
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.
Irkut Corp. is to deliver the Russian Defense Ministry 55 Yak-130s during 2011-16 under the current contracts the company has landed under the defense procurement program.
Four Yak-130s were acquired by Belarus and four aircraft more ordered by the country at the MAKS-2015 air show are to be delivered in 2016.
The Yak-130 is designed for basic and combat training. It can be used in the attack aircraft capacity as well. The plane allows training pilots in flying four-plus and fifth-generation combat aircraft. The Yak-130 completed its maiden flight in 1996 and was selected in 2002 as the primary aircraft for training Russian military pilots.