23 Mar 2017

LIMA 2017: Myanmar is the latest Yak-130 export customer

 

Myanmar has taken delivery of an initial batch of three Yakovlev Yak-130 'Mitten' advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft from Russia, senior Russian defence industry officials told at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi.

Officials would not confirm how many Yak-130 aircraft have been ordered by Myanmar but said that while the first batch was delivered in late 2016, deliveries of subsequent batches of the aircraft will continue through to 2018. They added that they expect Myanmar to order additional batches of the aircraft in the future.

Confirming the development, Viktor Kladov, the director for international co-operation and regional policy of the Rostec State Corporation, told, "We have delivered a few aircraft to the Myanmar Air Force (MAF), and they liked it so much they want to buy more".