Russia gave Italy's Aermacchi the first slug of R&D money for its joint Yak/AEM-130 advanced jet trainer project with Yakovlev, along with a pledge to buy up to 200 aircraft in spite of promises of a fly-off between it and the rival MiG-AT. According to Aermacchi, the initial funding was accompanied by a government commitment to buy between 150 and 200 of the definitive Yak/AEM- 130 aircraft for the Russian air force, "despite the announced fly-off between this aircraft and its ...

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