BANGLADESH EMBARKS ON $1.5 BILLION YAK DEAL
Bangladesh is planning to buy 24 Russian-made Yak-130 Mitten jet combat trainers from Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
The deal comes after Rosoboronexport showcased the twin-engine subsonic Yak-130 at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition last month, a report by the Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti said.
Detailed negotiations for the deal involving $1 billion of credit to Bangladesh will take place this spring, said Rosoboronexport Deputy Chief Viktor Komardin.
“The purchase of Yak-130 warplanes is a very significant subject of negotiations between Russia and Bangladesh,” he said during his visit to the 5-day show, which ended last Saturday.
Russia granted Bangladesh a $1 billion arms purchase credit during the visit of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed to Moscow in January when she met Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Komardin, who led the Rosoboronexport delegation to Malaysia, said Russian manufacturers want “cooperation in all areas, including the transfer of technology, assembly under license, (development of) hardware maintenance centers and joint research and development programs.”
Around 20 Russian companies took part in the Malaysian exhibition, which has been going since 1991. Russian firms included the state-owned United Industrial Corp. — Oboronprom — which produces helicopters, aircraft engines and air defense systems.
The aircraft, manufactured by Yakovlev, first flew in April 1996 and entered service with the Russian air force in 2009.
Algeria also operates the Yak-130 but the exact numbers aren’t known.
A report by RIA Novosti in June 2010 quoted the deputy head of Russia’s Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Vyacheslav Dzirkalin, saying Yaks along with Su-30 Flanker fighters were to have been delivered to Algeria in 2011 under a $1 billion deal.
“The delivery of Su-30s and Yak-130s (to Algeria) is due to begin next year, this is no military secret,” Dzirkalin said, but gave no indication of numbers.
Syria, too, is in line for the Yak-130 but the delivery is on hold, a July 2012 report by The New York Times said.
Dzirkaln was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying no new Russian weapons would be sent to Syria until the conflict ends.
The Times report also said Vyachislav Davidenko, a spokesman for Rosoboronexport, clarified in a telephone interview that Russia intended to service old military contracts with Syria, including the maintenance of Russian helicopters used by the Syrian army.
But the message about a delay in new weapons, notably shipments of the Yak-130, was a substantive change.
24 YAK-130 of Bangladesh coming in 2015
Bangladesh is receiving 24 Yak-130 Advanced Jet Trainer by 2015-said by Rosoboronexport.
Bangladesh signed a deal of $1.5 Billion with Russia which includes 24 Advanced Jet Trainer.Russia asked $23 Million per Yak-130 Aircraft but reduced to $15 Million after Bangladesh’s request.
Bangladesh also opted out of its initial plans to purchase eight advanced Mig-29SMT fighter jets because of their $500 million price tag. The price of 24 Yak-130 is $360 Million.
Yak-130 also has nine hard points: two wingtip, six under-wing and one beneath the centre fuselage. It can carry a wide range of modern weapons and other stores, including external wing combat fuel tanks, bombs weighing up to 500kg (1,100lb), TV homing/cockpit-displayed guided bombs, rockets, a twin 23mm gun pod, R-73 infrared-homing air-to-air missiles, and electronic countermeasures pods and chaff and flare dispensers, up to a maximum combat load of 3,000kg.
The type also has a head-up display (HUD) and a helmet-mounted sighting system (HMSS) with a double GPS/GLONASS receiver updating a laser ring gyro inertial navigation system for highly accurate navigation and precision targeting. This transforms its capability into a highly potent light ground attack/fighter.
The Yak-130 – the Russian air force’s advanced flight and tactical combat trainer – prepares student pilots to fly and fight in the latest frontline fighter and fighter/bomber types, including the RSK MiG-29/35 and Sukhoi’s Su-27/30/34/35 series and, in the future, the PAK-FA T-50.
Crew: 2 pilots
Length: 11.49 m (37 ft 8 in)
Wingspan: 9.72 m (31 ft 10 in)
Height: 4.76 m (15 ft 7 in)
Wing area: 23.52 m² (253.2 sq ft)
Empty weight: 4,600 kg (10,141 lb)
Loaded weight: 6,350 kg (14,000 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 10,290 kg (22,685 lb)
Powerplant: 2 × Progress AI-222-25 turbofan, 24.52 KN (5,512 lbf) each
Maximum speed: 1,050 km/h (644 mph)
Cruise speed: 887 km/h (551 mph)
Stall speed: 165 km/h (103 mph)
Range: 2,546 km (1,582 miles)
Service ceiling: 12,500 m (42,660 ft)
Rate of climb: 50 m/s (10,000 ft/min)
Wing loading: 276.4 kg/m² (56.60 lb/sq ft)
Twin 23mm Gun
Russia will deliver 24 Yak-130 jets to Bangladesh
Rosoboronexport and the Ministry of Defense of Bangladesh have signed a contract for delivery of 24 Yak-130 operational trainers. The document was signed in the fourth quarter of 2013; the contract’s value is about $800 million. The jets will be purchased using credit provided by Russia to Bangladesh in January 2013. The first batch of Yak-130s should be delivered to the customer next year, Kommersant reports.
CEO of Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Isaykin, told journalists about the signing of the contract. “The jets will be purchased in the network of the state credit”,— he added and reminded that the agreement on providing Bangladesh with the credit amounting to $1 billion was reached during a meeting between the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Prime-minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, held in Kremlin last January.
Sources close to military-technical cooperation system said that the provision of this credit is a “geopolitical gesture”, which will “demonstrate our interest in promotion of the weapons at South Asian markets”. The sources believed that Bangladesh will be interested in purchasing Mi-171 and Mi-17V5 helicopters, BTR-80 armored infantry vehicles, T-72 tanks, Su-27, Su-30MK2 and MiG-29SMT fighters.
Such contracts may have been implemented, the source noted, but these requirements of the Ministry of Defense of Bangladesh would have exceeded the limits of the provided credit and Moscow was not going to provide any additional funds. That is why the Ministry had to reconsider its orders several times in order to stay within a budget. In the end the parties agreed on purchase of Yak-130 jets as an “intermediate” option: thanks to its performance the aircraft is able to accomplish different missions. “They will be able to train pilots and conduct operations if necessary”, — the source noted.
According to the Vice-president on Marketing and Foreign Economic Cooperation of Irkut Corporation (parent company of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, manufacturer of Yak-130 jets), Vladimir Sautov, the jets will be delivered in basic configuration: the only request of the customer was to translate into English all the indication and signs located in the cockpit. According to preliminary information, the plant will start deliveries in 2015.
DECEMBER 18, 2014