Russia dismisses UK media claims on oil products supplies to TalibanRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 16, 21:37
Poll shows Russians satisfied with life, ready for hard timesSociety & Culture October 16, 21:06
FIFA: Indian schoolteacher and her son to attend 2018 World Cup opener in Moscow for freeSport October 16, 20:23
Operation in Syria nearing completion — Russian defense ministerMilitary & Defense October 16, 19:54
Russian Navy’s aviation to get 10 upgraded antisubmarine warfare helicopters a yearMilitary & Defense October 16, 19:23
Soviet youth festival: memories from the pastSociety & Culture October 16, 18:01
Russian-US outer space flight simulation project kicks off in NovemberScience & Space October 16, 17:42
Pyongyang to continue to build up its nuclear potential — senior lawmakerWorld October 16, 17:33
Trump’s policy may exacerbate US exceptionalism — expertsWorld October 16, 17:22
LE BOURGET, June 18. /TASS/. Russia may re-configure its combat training plane Yakovlev-130 into a fighter-bomber for those foreign customers who may wish to have it, the chief delegate of Russia’s weapons exporter Rosoboronexport, Sergey Kornev, said at the Le Bourget air show on Thursday.
"If they ask us for a fighter bomber, we may offer the Sukhoi-32. But if some client wants to have this plane (Yakovlev-130) and nothing else, some time and effort will be required for coping with such a request, but it is quite realistic," Kornev said.
He pointed out that Yakovlev-130 had a very vast potential for conversion from a combat training plane into an attack aircraft and that it would acquire the capability to carry smart weapons sooner or later.
At this point, Kornev said, the foreign customers were interested in the Yakovlev-130 as a combat training plane.
The Yakovlev-130 jet (Mitten according to the NATO classification) is meant for training pilots for generation 4+ and generation 5 aircraft. It performed its maiden flight back in 1996. In 2002 it was selected as the main plane for training Russian Air Force pilots. Some are manufactured for export. Algeria already operates its own fleet of Yakovlev-130s. Supplies to Bangladesh are underway. Belarus has purchased them, too.