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    Anatoly Punchuk, the deputy director of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation said that he hopes that the countries of Latin America that have plans to replace their fleets of flight equipment, will pay close attention to the Yak-130.

    SANTIAGO (Chile) (Sputnik) — Russia hopes to successfully promote its Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) combat training aircraft in Latin America's markets, the deputy director of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation said.

    "We hope that the countries of Latin America that have plans to replace their fleets of flight equipment, will pay close attention to the Yak-130. We hope that the Yak-130 will appear in the near future in the sky over Latin America," Anatoly Punchuk, who is leading the Russian delegation at the FIDAE-2016 arms exhibition in Chile, told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    According to the official, foreign experts had an opportunity to test Yak-130 themselves during the exhibition. The feedback on the aircraft's performance was only positive, and representatives of foreign customers labeled the aircraft the best in its class.

    The Yak-130 aircraft is the world's only training aircraft with the aerodynamic configuration and subsonic flight performance characteristics of modern jet fighters. The two-seat reconnaissance and light attack jet has a combat load of up to 3,000 kilograms (6,600 pounds).

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