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ADECS 2019: Asia has taste for Russian and Chinese trainers

22nd January 2019 - 12:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur, Alexander Mladenov in Christchurch, Sofia

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The Lao People’s Liberation Army Air Force received its first Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced jet trainer (AJT) from Russia on 20 December, and three more have been delivered subsequently from an order of ten.

The first twin-seat aircraft was delivered to Wattay International Airport in Vientiane aboard an Il-76TD transport aircraft.

It is believed that Vientiane has purchased a total of ten Yak-130 AJTs, with the order placed in August 2017 and priced at about $300 million. In addition to the jet trainers, the package of contracts between Russia and Laos also foresee delivery of tanks and light armoured vehicles.

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Gordon Arthur

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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