Friday, March 1, 2024

Lao Air Force receives first Yak-130 advanced jet trainer aircraft

The Lao People’s Liberation Army Air Force has received the batch of three Yak-130 advanced jet trainer aircraft from Russia.

Lao media released a photo of three Russian-made Yak-130 trainer aircraft received by the People’s Army of Laos at the Vientiane airfield. Aircraft have Lao tail numbers “044”, “045” and “046”.

The first Yak-130 aircraft for Laos (tail number “044”) was delivered to the capital of Laos, Vientiane on December 20, 2018 from Irkutsk on board the IL-76TD transport aircraft (registration number RA-78765) of the Russian airline Aviakon Citotrans.


The Yakovlev Yak-130 is a subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer and light fighter originally developed by Yakovlev.

As an advanced training aircraft, the Yak-130 is able to replicate the characteristics of several 4+ generation fighters as well as the fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57. It can also perform light-attack and reconnaissance duties, carrying a combat load of 3,000 kg.


If you would like to show your support for what we are doing, here's where to do it.

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

About author:

Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more



Russia uses newest Su-57 jet to strike targets in Ukraine

The Russian Air Force reportedly used their latest Su-57 fighter jets in recent combat operations, targeting Ukrainian military positions in the East of Ukraine. On...