Major General Jaromír Šebesta, the new commander of the Air Force of the Czech Republic, during his visit in Aero Vodochody agreed that the first customer to use L-39NG aircraft should be the Czech Republic through the Flight Training Centre in Pardubice. The Flight Training Centre belongs to state owned LOM Praha company and it should become a training centre for the whole Central-Eastern Europe within the next years.
MG Šebesta visited Aero for a first time since he was appointed as the Air Force Commander. Management of Aero presented him the new strategy of the company that will focus on manufacturing of proprietary aircraft, specifically the L-159 light attack aircraft and the L-39NG, new generation of the legendary jet trainer.
“The Czech Army is a long-term strategic partner to Aero and we consider its reference as a key to future success of the project. And the interest of the Flight Training Centre in Pardubice is also an important signal to other potential customers,” said Giuseppe Giordo, President and CEO of AERO Vodochody Aerospace a.s.
The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective trainer designed as a unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39, but utilizes the latest technologies and equipment.
Power is provided by the highly modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service to ensure unprecedented airworthiness and predictable maintenance costs.
The aircraft's avionics are prepared to train future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer's requirements to a great extent. The L-39NG is equipped with five mounting points for weapons. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies, including the integration into high-tech tactical simulation centres with the goal of increasing training efficiency.
AERO Vodochody Aerospace a.s. focuses on the design and manufacturing of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aerospace companies in the world. Aero is a long-term partner to many of the world’s air forces. With over 6,700 training and light combat aircraft designed, manufactured and delivered, AERO is historically the largest producer of this type of aircraft in the world.
Its current focus is on the manufacturing and sales of its proprietary aircraft, L-159 and L-39NG, new generation of the legendary jet trainer. It also supports all types of aircraft of L-39 family. In the field of civil aviation, AERO partners with many of the world’s largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects, including a number of risk-sharing programs.