Russia plans to send the initial batch of the Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainers to Syria until the end of 2014, with further plans to fully complete the contract for 36 aircraft in 2016, the Kommersant newspaper wrote Monday, citing a source close to Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

Damascus will receive nine aircraft until the end of this year, and in the next two years – 12 and 15 respectively, according to the informant.

“Thus, we will fulfill obligations under a previously signed contract for the supply of 36 Yak-130 jets,” the newspaper quoted the source. […]