Belarus Air Force To Replace L-39 Jet With Russian YAK-130

Posted: February 10, 2015 in War Is The New Economy

SOURCE: http://eng.belta.by/all_news/society/Belarusian-army-to-replace-L-39-aircraft-with-Yak-130-aircraft_i_79396.html

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Belarusian army to replace L-39 aircraft with Yak-130 aircraft
10 February 2015

BARANOVICHI, 10 February (BelTA) – The Belarusian air force and air defense command will replace Czechia-made L-39 aircraft with Yak-130 ones, BelTA learned from Major-General Oleg Dvigalev, Chief of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Belarusian Armed Forces.

“A wing of combat and training aircraft Yak-130 will arrive as an independent tactical unit. Step by step pilots will learn to fly them while technicians will learn to maintain them. Later on we will make plans to phase out L-39 aircraft because Yak-130 aircraft are more up-to-date and more reliable,” said Oleg Dvigalev.

The officer said that the purchase of the first wing of Yak-130 aircraft is nearly over. On 28 February Belarusian technicians and pilots will travel to Russia for training. They will stay there for a month. They will be redeployed to the airfield in Lida together with the aircraft. Apart from that, specialists of the manufacturing company will arrive in Lida to stay for a year for the sake of providing technical support for the aircraft in addition to analyzing their status. “Once our specialists know the aircraft inside out, we will plan the acquisition of more wings,” remarked Oleg Dvigalev.

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