BEIRUT: Russia is set to deliver 36 Yak-130 “trainer” attack aircraft to Syria, according to a newspaper report Monday.
Kommersant daily said Rosoboronexport, the state military export body, and United Aircraft Corporation, whose majority stakeholder is the Russian government, would send nine aircraft by the end of this year, followed by 12 in 2015 and 15 in 2016.
In addition to its training function, the plane can perform attack and reconnaissance missions. The newspaper quoted a Russian government source as saying that delays were possible due to the security situation in Syria and efforts by Washington and NATO to prevent arms shipments.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 06, 2014, on page 8.