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Russians Order Yak-130s
The Russian defense ministry has ordered 55 Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced jet trainers from the Irkut Corp. The deliveries should start in 2012 and last through 2015. “The Yak-130 procurement by the air force will bring the pilots' training to the required level and prepare them to operate the new-generation combat aircraft,” says defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov. The Yak-130 has a glass cockpit and a re-programmable fly-by-wire system that can replicate the characteristics of various Russian advanced fighters, including the Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation aircraft.