Following the induction of a first tranche of six Yakovlev Yak-130 ‘Mitten’ advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft into the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) in December 2017, Russian sources have confirmed that a second batch of six platforms of the type will be delivered to the force later this year.
The Russian-built, twin-seat Yak-130 now appears set to become the lead element in the MAF’s training programme for new fighter aircraft: notably the Sino-Pakistani-designed JF-17 Thunder and the recently ordered Russian-built Su-30. The Yak-130 is also expected to play a part in the MAF's expanding role in providing close air support (CAS) missions for ground forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations.
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