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The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is upgrading Yak-130 training aircraft to develop it into a combat jet, UAC CEO Yuri Slyusar said at Dubai Airshow.

UAC to develop Yak 130 into combat jet Yak-130 (Picture source:

"We brought Yak-130 here. We present its deep upgrade project to expand combat capabilities. It is not just a training aircraft, it is mostly a combat jet," he said.

"Yak-130 can engage in various missions and can be adapted to the engagement region. We customized the increased combat capabilities for the clients in the Middle East according to the missions they will engage in," he said.

Yak-130 is at the static display and showcases guided air-to-air missiles, various-caliber unguided munitions, electronic warfare containers, and a suspended container for double-barrel 30 mm gun.

"The training functions have also been expanded. It can train pilots for the fourth and fifth-generation aircraft," Slyusar said.

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