Aero finalizes the production of a new L-159 aircraft
Thirteen years after delivery of the last aircraft to the Czech Air Force, Aero Vodochody manufactures new L-159 ALCA aircraft. The two-seater will be delivered to Iraq at the turn of the year.
Restart of the production required restoring of L-159 assembly line, which Aero kept prepared in case of need since the delivery of the last aircraft in 2003. Aero successfully installed a Honeywell engine to the airframe of the new aircraft and the production of the whole aircraft should be completed within a few weeks.
Sales of L-159 to Iraqi Ministry of Defence and to Draken International company raised interest in these aircraft around the world. Aero is currently negotiating with several potential customers and the company is ready for possible renewal of serial production of the aircraft. Therefore, Aero and Honeywell are negotiating about the future cooperation. In the future, Honeywell should deliver new innovative engines for L-159 aircraft.
"We believe that the L-159 project has a great potential. According to our analyses, the demand for light combat aircraft will increase in the next years and L-159 is very competitive in its category. Therefore, we are negotiating with suppliers of key aggregates to be prepared for possible launch of mass production," says Giuseppe Giordo, president and CEO of Aero Vodochody.
Relaunch of the L-159 program is in line with the new strategy of the company, which now wants to refocus more on the production of military aircraft. In addition to the light combat L-159, Aero offers L-39NG jet trainer, new generation of legendary Albatros.
L-159 aircraft mates Aero’s long-term experience in development and production of military jet aircraft, in the category of which Aero represents historically the largest producer in the world, with latest advances in avionics, engine and aircraft systems technology. The L-159 is a light multi-role combat aircraft designed for a variety of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance missions. The aircraft is equipped with a state-of-the-art multi-mode radar for all-weather, day and night operations and can carry a wide range of NATO standards stores including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and laser guided bombs. The two-seat L-159 is a derivate of the single-seat L-159, primarily designed for Advanced and Operational/Lead-In Fighter Training. The L-159 configuration can also be tailored to customer specific requirements and adapted to needs of basic training as well as combat missions including air-to-ground, patrol and reconnaissance missions.
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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. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world's air forces. Aero is a founding member of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry. In the field of civil aviation, Aero partners with many of the world's largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects. More recently, Aero became a full partner in several risk-sharing programs, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for development.