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Iraq will buy from the Czech Republic a batch of 24 combat training fighter Aero L-159 ALCA

Iraq will buy from the Czech Republic a batch of 24 combat training fighter Aero L-159 ALCAIraq agreed to buy from the Czech Republic a batch of 24 combat training fighter Aero L-159 ALCA. Reports about it with reference to Reuters.

The cost of the transaction, according to the representative of the Czech Defense Ministry, could reach a billion dollars. In this case, the first four aircraft, according to the Iraqi side, Baghdad will receive free of charge in the next seven months.

A preliminary agreement on the purchase of a lot of L-159 by Iraq was reached as early as 2010. Negotiations on the conclusion of the transaction were with varying success. In addition to the aircraft, the Czech Republic intended to offer Iraq several programs for the modernization of weapons systems and simulators.

The purchase of Czech fighters is taking place as part of the replenishment program of the Iraqi Air Force. In September 2010, Baghdad also ordered X-NUMX F-18IQ Fighting Falcon fighters from Washington. Subsequently, the order was doubled. The first batch of US aircraft Iraq should receive in September 16 of the year.

Iraq arms now are light attack aircraft Cessna AC-208, reconnaissance aircraft AMD Alarus CH2000, Beechcraft Super King Air 350 and Seabird Seeker ER SB7L-360A, transports Lockheed Martin C-130E, Cessna 208B and King Air 350ER, training aircraft Utva Lasta 3 and 15 Hawker Beechcraft T-6A, as well as transport helicopters Mi-171E.

Relations between Washington and Baghdad have recently become complicated. According to the US, Iraq allows Iran to supply through its territory weapons Syria, where there is a civil war.
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  1. tronin.maxim
    tronin.maxim 15 October 2012 10: 57 New
    At the end of 1994, Aero Vodokhody JSC started developing the advanced light combat aircraft ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) on the instructions of the Czech Air Force. In May 1995, a government decision was made to develop an aircraft under the designation L-159. Its creation is carried out in cooperation with Western European and American firms. The ALCA concept is to use the L-159 in peacetime as a two-seat trainer, and, if necessary, to conduct combat operations in a short time, it can be converted into a light single-seat aircraft.

    Aircraft can be made both in double (training) and single (combat) versions. The single-seat aircraft has an internal fuel supply increased by 297 kg compared to the L-59. Its main purposes are: direct air support, solving low-altitude air defense tasks, tactical reconnaissance, counterguerrilla operations, patrolling borders, and fighting surface targets.

    A two-seater aircraft can be used for advanced training of fighter pilots (in particular, for class F-5 and F-16 aircraft), development of elements of combat use (during air combat and attack of ground targets). Aircraft L-159 can be operated from poorly trained airfields.

    The design of the L-159 airframe is similar to that of the L-59. The L-159 compared with the L-59, the design of the nose of the fuselage to accommodate the radar has been changed, all the necessary communications and installation points for the placement of the corresponding equipment and weapons of the combat version of the aircraft are provided. The armored cockpit is equipped with ejection seats VS2B. During the conversion, it is planned to install additional blocks of on-board equipment and a tank for 297 kg of fuel instead of the instructor's chair. Up to 4 PTBs and containers with radio and optical radar devices can be mounted on external suspensions. Compared with the L-159T base aircraft, the L-159 ALCA fuselage will be extended by 0 m.

    In mid-1994, it was decided to install the American Alled-Signal F124 engine on the aircraft. In the future, his Taiwanese version of the ITEC F-124-GA-100 turbojet engine with a thrust of 2860 kgf was chosen as the power plant. The aircraft's avionics are integrated with a digital data bus that meets the American standard MIL-STD-1553B, which allows the use of weapons and systems of Western production. The cockpit is equipped with the Flight Visons FV-300 ILS and two color multifunctional cockpit displays on liquid crystals from the Bendix King company. There is a radar warning system GMAv "Sky Guardian" 200 and a system of ejection of false targets and IR traps Vinten "Vicon" 78 series 455.

    Armament including AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and AGM-65 Mayvrik air-to-surface missiles, as well as containers with GPU-20 cannons, NARs and free-fall bombs of up to 500 kg caliber and PTB (two - 500 liters and two - 350 liters) is located on seven external suspension nodes.

    The first copy of the two-seater L-159 ALCA without a set of special equipment flew on August 2, 1997. Flight tests of the single-seat second prototype L-159, equipped with Boeing avionics, began on August 18, 1998. At the end of 2000, the aircraft's weapons were tested at the American training ground in Florida. The Czech Air Force plans to order 72 aircraft of this type with the start of deliveries in 1998-1999. It is planned to complete deliveries of all 72 aircraft ordered in 2002. There is a prospect of deliveries to other countries with a large fleet of L-39 and L-59 Representatives of the Czech aviation industry assess the possibility of selling 500-700 aircraft in 10-15 years.
    1. VAF
      VAF 15 October 2012 17: 57 New
      Quote: tronin.maxim
      It is planned to complete the delivery of all 72 ordered aircraft in 2002. There is the prospect of deliveries to other countries with a large fleet of L-39 and L-59. Representatives of the Czech aviation industry are evaluating the possibility of selling 500-700 aircraft in 10-15 years.

      And in what archive did you read this news ???? But nothing that is now already at the end of 2012 ????

      In total, from 2000 to 2004, the Czech Air Force received 72 single-seat light combat aircraft L-159A ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) from the factory,
      six of which were then converted in 2007-2011 into a two-seat combat training version of the L-159T1.
      To date, only 24 L-159A and four L-159T1 aircraft are in operation in the Czech Air Force, another L-159A was lost in a flight accident, and the remaining 43 aircraft (including two L-159T1) are in storage, offered for sale abroad (and so far without much success).

      The L-159B Albatros II two-seat combat training aircraft was built in a single prototype in 2002 specifically for export offers.

      This contract with Iraq means the actual revival of the Aero Vodochody plant as an aircraft manufacturing company - after all, the new aircraft industry was terminated in 2004, when the last L-159A aircraft was delivered to the Czech Air Force.

      And the news should look somewhere like this, and not from the tape. I take it !!!

      During the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to Prague on October 12, 2012, it was announced that it would reach a final agreement on the acquisition by Iraq of 28 Czech Aero Vodochody L-159 series combat training aircraft worth about $ 1 billion.
      Finally, the contract must be finalized before the end of the year.
      The agreement was announced at the end of the October 12 visit by the Iraqi delegation led by Nuri al-Maliki to the Aero Vodochody Aviation Plant in Odolena Vody, which is building the L-159.

      Under the terms of the agreement, four L-159T1 combat training aircraft, previously converted from single-seat Czech Republic L-159A combat aircraft, should be delivered to Iraq within six to seven months after the final signing of the contract.
      Two of these L-159T1 will be taken from the presence of the Czech Air Force, and the other two from the number of aircraft intended previously for the transfer of EADS as part of the transaction for the acquisition by the Czech Republic of military transport aircraft Airbus Military C-295M.
      Moreover, these four aircraft will be transferred to Iraq virtually at no cost. The remaining 24 aircraft for Iraq should be two-seat combat training vehicles of a new construction of a special modification L-159BQ, and will be manufactured by the Aero Vodochody factory with deliveries starting from the end of 2014.
      The L-159B aircraft (including the BQ version) retains all the combat capabilities of the single-seat version of the L-159A (including the Selex Galileo Grifo-L radar and weapon control system).
      The Iraqi Air Force is supposed to use L-159B aircraft mainly as advanced training aircraft for training pilots of Iraqi F-16IQ fighters, but also as light attack aircraft and fighters.
  2. Trailer
    Trailer 15 October 2012 11: 11 New
    Who can give a link to the question, how many planes and helicopters Iraq lost in the war with the United States in 2003? It's just funny - the US defeated the Iraqi Air Force, and now to rebuild their Air Force. "Iraq also ordered X-NUMX F-18IQ Fighting Falcon fighter from Washington. Subsequently, the order was doubled."

    I respect the Americans for their ability to benefit! They smashed, pumped oil, so they also pay extra!
    1. tronin.maxim
      tronin.maxim 15 October 2012 11: 32 New
      Quote: Karavan

      Who can give a link to the question, how many planes and helicopters did Iraq lose in the war with the USA in 2003

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      1. Trailer
        Trailer 15 October 2012 13: 15 New
        Thanks for the link, but this is about American casualties in Iraq. What about Iraqi?