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Update: Laos receives Yak-130s from Russia

15 January 2019
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The Laos People’s Liberation Army Air Force (LPLAAF) has received four Yakovlev Yak-130 ‘Mitten’ advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft from Russia as part of a deal signed in 2017, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Moscow announced on 15 January.

Three of the four Yak-130 advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft the LPLAAF began receiving from Russia in late December 2018. (Via Laos Army Channel)Three of the four Yak-130 advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft the LPLAAF began receiving from Russia in late December 2018. (Via Laos Army Channel)

A day earlier an LPLAAF source told Jane’s that the platforms, the first of which arrived in the Laotian capital Vientiane in late December 2018, will enter service in the coming months and will be used by the LPLAAF primarily for training missions.

The MoD did not provide any details about costs or the exact number of aircraft being procured, stating only that the four delivered aircraft have been paid for in full.

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