Belarus to purchase Yak-130 trainers, Su-30 fighters from Russia

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Belarus plans to buy Yakovlev Yak-130 combat-capable trainer planes and at least a squadron of Sukhoi Su-30 fighters from Russia.

“A full squadron is being formed: we have Yak-152 planes for training cadets, we bought eight Yak-130 and perhaps we will purchase more. There will be a line of the same type of aircraft, which will make possible the simplification of flight personnel training – they will not have to re-train,” the commander of Belarus’ Air Force and Air Defense Major General Aleh Dvihaliou said.

The Yak-130 is usually used for training cadets at flight schools, but in case of military actions it can carry out the tasks of light attack aircraft.

The military official also confirmed the country’s intention to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighters. At the end of 2016 Dvihaliou stressed that the planes ‘performed well in the course of the Syrian conflict’.

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