Russia to deliver four warplanes to Belarus

Moscow, Dec 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Belarus and Russia have signed a contract for the delivery of four Yak-130 Mitten light attack aircraft to Belarus in 2015.

The agreement was signed by the Belarusian defence ministry and Russia's Irkut corporation.

Belarus is the first former Soviet state to buy the aircraft.

The Yak-130 is a highly maneuverable aircraft with an extended range of about 2,000 km and a maximum speed of 1,060 km per hour in level flight. It can carry a combat payload of up to 3,000 kg.

The Yak-130 has been chosen as a basic aircraft for Russian Air Force pilot training. First deliveries started in 2009.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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Updated Date: Dec 19, 2012 03:15 AM

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