For the first time ever a Yak-130 advanced trainer aircraft was used for airstrikes by the Myanmar Air Force, a video shows.
Rebels in Myanmar (sorry, Idk which faction), using a QJZ-89 HMG in an attempt to shoot down a Myanmar Air Force Yak-130 advanced trainer aircraft that is being used for air strikes on rebel positions. pic.twitter.com/wJtgiFh7xK
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Myanmar Air Force deployed Yak-130 combat training aircraft delivered from Russia against separatist militants in Rakhine State.
Backk in 2015, Myanmar began purchasing Yak-130 aircraft. A total of 12 aircraft of the type were delivered. Along with Myanmar, Yak-130 was also purchased by Algeria, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Laos.
The video published by the separatists shows how the Yak-130 strikes with unguided rockets. The militants are trying to shoot down the attacking aircraft from the QJZ-89 Chinese heavy machine gun, but their attempt is unsuccessful.
The Yak-130 advanced trainer aircraft can serve as a light attack aircraft, but it has never been utilized as such until now.
It can carry weapons in the form of aircraft bombs, as well as unguided rockets and R-73 air-to-air missiles.
L-39 combat trainers are actively used as light attack aircraft in armed conflicts in Libya and Syria, Alfa Jet. The Russian Yak-130 will be able to become their worthy competitor in the global arms market.
Work is also being carried out to produce a fully combat-capable version of the Yak-130.
The United Aircraft Corporation presented at the air show in Dubai a project for deep modernization of the Yak-130 advanced trainer aircraft with the expansion of its combat capabilities and its transformation into a practically full-fledged combat aircraft.
Between November 17th and 21st, 2019, at the Dubai Airshow 2019 is when the aircraft was presented.
The Russian United Aircraft Corporation brought to this exhibition the Yak-130 advanced trainer aircraft manufactured by the Irkut Corporation at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, which debuted at this air show.
The brought plane was put on a static exposition with its arsenal of weapons, and also participated in demonstrations.
The head of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, while talking with reporters, spoke about the Yak-130 advanced trainer aircraft presented at the air show:
“Here we represent the beginning of the project for its deep modernization – we significantly expand its combat capabilities. It becomes not just a combat training aircraft, but to a large extent a combat aircraft. Its training function is also enhanced: it is able to provide training for pilots on fourth and fifth generation aircraft. We customized these increased combat capabilities just for those customers here in the Middle East, taking into account the tasks that they have to solve here.”
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