Russia to send first batch of Yak-130 jets to Syria

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Russia plans to deliver the first batch of subsonic two-seat advanced Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainer/light attack aircraft to Syria by the end of this year in a show of support for President Bashar Assad’s government.Citing an unnamed source close to Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Russian daily newspaper Kommersant, wrote on Monday that Damascus will receive nine aircraft until the end of 2014, and in the next two years,12 and 15 respectively.“We will fulfill obligations under a previously signed contract for the supply of 36 Yak-130 jets,” the source pointed out.Last June, Kommersant reported that Syria had paid some $100 million as an advance payment to Russia for the first six Yak-130 jets under a $550-million deal signed in December 2011.

For full report: http://www.presstv.in/detail/2014/05/06/361532/russia-to-deliver-combat-jets-to-syria/#sthash.TzG5GxIu.dpuf

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