yak 130

Russia to send Syria Yak-130 jets ?

Russia has manufactured several Yak-130 combat trainer jets for Syria as part of a deal signed in 2011, but no final decision on delivery has yet been made, an official source said Thursday.

An unspecified number of the aircraft have been produced by aircraft-builder Irkut as part of the $550 million deal for 36 Yak-130 jets.

“They are standing outside the factory waiting for a political decision,” a source with the Russian delegation at the Paris Air Show  Thursday, without revealing the number of planes.

The aircraft are only bare air-frames and have not yet been fitted with their engines or avionics, the source added.

“If a positive decision is made, the maker’s specialists will install the engines and avionics and the planes will be delivered to the customer,” the source said.