Joint visit of Hungarian and Czech ministers to Aero Vodochody
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and Minister of Technology and Innovation László Palkovics, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Minister of Industry and Trade and Minister of Transport Karel Havlíček and Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar, arrived to Aero Vodochody. The visit was part of the official trip of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and members of his government to the Czech Republic.
The key point of the meeting of Hungarian and Czech ministers in Aero Vodochody was the deepening of cooperation in the defence industry in the Central European region. "We are pleased to host four top ministers of the Czech and Hungarian governments here today. This confirms that Aero is an important partner for both countries in ensuring their defence and security," said Jakub Hoda, Member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Aero Vodochody.
Hungarian and Czech ministers visited a production site, where they learned about overhauls and modernization options for L-39 and L-159 aircraft, and Aero Vodochody Airport, where they saw an acrobatic flight demonstration and then static display of the L-39NG, a new training jet developed and manufactured in Aero.
Hungary has many years of experience with aircraft from Aero, in the Hungarian Air Force flew L-29 jets, then L-39, in 2008-2010 Hungary leased the L-159. The new L-39NG aircraft could also be used in the coming years to train pilots of the Hungarian and Czech air forces. In addition, the L-39NG programme offers great potential for industrial cooperation within Central Europe.
In addition to the development and production of its own aircraft, Aero also participates in major international projects, for example, it is one of the largest suppliers for the Brazilian military transport aircraft C-390 Millennium, which was ordered by the Hungarian Air Force last November.