d_taddei2 wrote:But upgrading L-39 and then shipping then to Syria far out weight the use of aircraft that like I said only useful for strafing runs. I am sure Russia would sacrifice 5-7 months delay for potential sales or 10's maybe even into 100's of sales of yak - 130 to countries across the world. And like said before yak - 130 is better suited for Syria than L-39. You know this all makes perfect sense. But I understand that you have a passion for wanting to use really old outdated stuff going by your posts in the past. But I think Russia would rather invest in a newer aircraft like yak -130 than old nearly on scrap heap L-39. And I am sure pilots would feel much more comfortable and safer flying a yak - 130 than old and tired L-39 that has to get up close for an attack when yak - 130 can stay out of range and as for scrapping costs the Russian MOD would sell them to a scrappage company and actually make money not lose money and nothing sensitive to remove plus like I said in earlier post Russia uses them for flying targets and unmanned aircraft tests
Syria has experience in the modification of the L-39. They do the necessary (for them) at low cost. They are not official modifications (like the case of the M-46 on trucks). Is not something that Russia has to do or to pay for.
In the case of the Yak-130 it would require to follow all the procedure of investigation, development and testing of the Russian Armed Forces. And doing it, they would present the FGA variant of the Yak-130 other way, not sending them to the Syrian Armed Forces (less still if they want some commercial profit).