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Czech company introduced combat training aircraft L-39NG

The company Aero Vodochody Aerospace from the Czech Republic, which has not been producing aircraft for a decade, does not abandon attempts to return to aviation market. At the same time, all attempts by the company are associated with the proposal of "restyled" projects of its best-seller. We are talking about the legendary combat trainer L-39 Albatros, which is in service with 30 countries of the world, including Russia. Many military pilots began their journey in aviation with this particular machine. In 2013, the company proposed the design of the L-169 AJT aircraft, which was designed for non-Western markets. Now, Czech designers offer a model just for the western market. We are talking about a deep modernization of the machine, which received the designation L-39NG (Next Generation).

The upgraded aircraft is equipped with Western equipment and foreign-made engines. More details about the modernization program became known on Wednesday, 16 July, as part of the Farnborough aircraft salon in England. The Czech company even managed to launch a special website that is dedicated to the new combat training aircraft L-39NG.

The site reported that the new aircraft L-39NG is the bearer of the tradition of successful combat training aircraft L-39, which was created by Aero at the end of 1960-s. In total, more than 3 thousands of aircraft of this type were built, of which about 400 are still in operation. The Czech company managed to create one of the most successful and numerous aircraft in its class for the entire history aviation. “The new modernized version of L-39NG should integrate the experience of operators from all countries of the world where the aircraft was delivered from all continents and different climatic zones,” said Ladislav Shimek, President of Aero Vodochody Aerospace.

Czech company introduced combat training aircraft L-39NG

At one time, the aircraft L-39 became famous for its excellent performance characteristics: ease of maintenance, excellent maneuverability, structural strength. The reliability of the car was tested by a huge number of flight hours, the total number of which exceeded 5 millions. In addition, the aircraft demonstrated excellent adaptability to various climatic conditions, even extreme, as well as low operating costs.

According to materials published by Aero, the new L-39NG is planned to be equipped with an American power plant, this is the Williams International FJ44-4M engine, which develops maximum thrust in 1700 kgf. In addition, the machine will receive a modern digital control system to replace the old Soviet AI-25ТL, a new lightweight wing, in the production of which partially used composite materials, as well as modern onboard systems and a new avionics complex. It is reported that the cockpit will be equipped with new ejection seats belonging to the class "0-0" (saving the pilot, even at zero height and speed of flight). As expected, the redesigned L-39 design will have an increased resource - 15 thousands of flight hours. Also, L-39NG will be able to carry weapons on 5 suspension points: 4 underwing and one ventral one.

It remains unclear whether Aero will be able to bring the design of the aircraft L-39NG to a logical conclusion, finding customers for his car. The head of the Czech group of companies Renta Investments, which has owned Aero since 2007, noted at the Farnborough air show that several states are interested in the aircraft. At the same time, the L-1993 variant presented in 39, called the L-139 Albatros 2000, did not gain any popularity in the market, despite marketing efforts and the American Garrett TFE731-4 engines.

Earlier, in May of this year, information appeared that the Czechs and Slovaks are going to start a joint release. weapons. The Czech and Slovak ministries of defense discussed general logistics, the purchase of military equipment, including airplanes, and joint training. These issues are currently dealt with by the Main Commission for the Coordination of Development of Joint Cooperation in the Field of Defense, which was established on the basis of the agreement of the governments of the Czech Republic and Slovakia dated September 2013.

One of the issues overseen by the commission is the issue of resuming the release of a cheap training aircraft L-39 NG, the project of which originated on the basis of the well-established Albatros. Commission members emphasize that the life of the aircraft L-39C and L-39ZA expires in the 2019 year, so you must now look for a replacement. At the same time, the Czech government hopes for the help of Slovakia in this matter. The L-39C is a two-seat training aircraft, which is intended for initial training and conducting training for flight personnel of combatant units. In this case, in the Air Force of some countries, this aircraft is used as a combat vehicle, playing the role of a light attack aircraft.

The world famous Aero L-39 39 Albatros is a Czechoslovak-made training and combat aircraft. It was created as a replacement for TCF Aero L-29 Delfin. His first flight machine made 4 November 1968 of the year, in 1972, the plane was chosen as the main training aircraft for all countries - participants of the Warsaw Pact. The aircraft was mass-produced in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody from 1970 to 1999. All were collected more than 3 thousands of copies of the aircraft. At the same time he is in service with more than 30 countries of the world.

Combat training aircraft L-39 "Albatross" was designed to prepare the flight personnel of front-line aviation, and, if necessary, direct air support of troops on the battlefield. It is the main training aircraft of the Air Force of the Russian Federation. According to the 2013 year, the Russian Air Force numbered about X-NUMX L-90C aircraft. Gradually, the Yak-39 training and combat aircraft replaced the Albatross in the Russian army, and 130 vehicles were delivered to the 2014 year. The need for the Russian Air Force in such aircraft is estimated at 50 units.

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  1. sazhka4
    sazhka4 18 July 2014 09: 36
    I dealt with L-29 in Ryazhsk. I think this one is no worse .. They promised to rearm, but didn’t have time .. And now there’s nothing there. Who should yell Glory ?? I'm more interested in the regiment commander Schё (o) tkin.
    1. Just Vasilich
      Just Vasilich 18 July 2014 18: 24
      I dealt with L-29 in Ryazhsk. I think this one is not worse .. They promised to rearm, but didn’t have time .. But now there’s nothing there. Who should I shout Glory ??

      The same thing, one to one, I can say regarding Volgograd, Beketovka. Kachi is now gone ... Who should shout glory?
  2. inkass_98
    inkass_98 18 July 2014 09: 45
    They lost the market in their time, in pursuit of bourgeois cookies. Now it will be hard to return it. You can’t push him into Russia anymore; the Yak-130 has taken a niche. On the world stage, Italians and Israelis offer analogues, and there China is also keeping up with the supersonic version. And where should the poor Czech go?
    1. svp67
      svp67 18 July 2014 17: 31
      Quote: inkass_98
      And where should the poor Czech go?
      How would we, soon, did not see him in the sky of Ukraine ...
      1. Vitas
        Vitas 19 July 2014 13: 31
        Where's the money ?! Ukraine will most likely modernize the "dolphin".
        L-39M1 - Ukrainian modernization of the L-39: replacing the AI-25TL engine with the modernized AI-25TLSh (thrust increased from 1720 to 1850 kg, the throttle response was doubled), the control system of the power plant and on-board emergency operational flight information recorder with additional sensors and devices was improved.
  3. Pollang
    Pollang 18 July 2014 10: 39
    Yak-130 is our flying school desk, solidly made and should teach our aces. Let everyone else think for themselves. As soon as we teach our children, then, and based on our experience, foreign customers will catch up.
    1. rubin6286
      rubin6286 18 July 2014 11: 22
      If the Czechs and Slovaks bring this plane to mind, there will be demand for it. The car has been operated in almost 30 countries, practically in all regions of the world. In the USSR and Russia, the Elka is considered a simple and reliable training aircraft. Of course, a real attack aircraft will not work out of it, but the L-39 is still successfully used in a number of countries against terrorists, religious extremists, drug mafia, etc. tons etc. While it is cheaper than Italian, British, Indian, Russian and Chinese cars and in many respects they are not a competitor. Our Yak-130 is a car of a different level, more "sophisticated", it costs more and, like a small child, is "naughty" from time to time. but there is hope that the designers will gradually cope with all his problems. So far, the operation of the L-39 has not been completely abandoned, and it is quite possible that, along with the Yak, the new Elka will also be able to find application in our Air Force.
      1. ruslan207
        ruslan207 19 July 2014 08: 16
        He is outdated l-39 his time has passed, Yak-130 steers
    2. 52
      52 18 July 2014 18: 41
      Ases, not "ases", as the submariners called commanders who did not fit the concept of "honor", in a free translation, something like: ", ass".
  4. Mareman Vasilich
    Mareman Vasilich 18 July 2014 11: 05
    What they wanted, they got it, no pity. Our Yak will be better.
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 18 July 2014 12: 10
      Good day to all hi
      Unfortunately, only in English ............... video footage in the subject.
  5. Panikovsky
    Panikovsky 18 July 2014 13: 47
    modernized L-39 is the second freshness. his place in the Czech Aviation Museum.
  6. Magic archer
    Magic archer 18 July 2014 17: 16
    Hmm ... Yak-130 of course the desk, but the desk for fighter aircraft! And what will the transport and future bombers learn to fly on?
    1. 52
      52 18 July 2014 18: 56
      In fact, due to the software, a modern aircraft changes its "character" at the request of the customer. And here is how "Elka" can help transport workers for heavy (relatively), multi-engine vehicles, or for bombing - there is a mystery, some kind of HEX. request
  7. Central
    Central 18 July 2014 20: 17
    Apparently, it was Azerbaijan that led them to negotiate, assemble, service to the Transcaucasia-Central Asia region.
    1. spech
      spech 19 July 2014 21: 49
      are you serious?
      US and Russia will begin to butt the Azerbaijanis Kama on tries are needed?
  8. k174oun7
    k174oun7 19 July 2014 12: 39
    L-39 is an aircraft of the same generation as the "Zhiguli", or even earlier. No matter how much you modernize, it is hopelessly outdated. There are still quite a few such planes, as well as "Zhiguli". But as the resource depletes, their place is in the landfill. Time compels modern pilots to prepare on modern training aircraft. On the one hand, it is more expensive, but on the other hand, there is no need for as many pilots as before, which means that much less aircraft are required. As the well-known politician wrote: "Less is more." Again, the notorious sanctions. Let their NATO counterparts ride on these planes if the latter want to buy them. By the way, the choice of the L-29 as the main training jet was at one time a political decision to support the industry of Czechoslovakia, because at that time the plane of the same class Yak-30 was not worse, but in many respects better. So, the return of educational Yaks to the skies of Russia is also the restoration of historical justice. The best should fly.
  9. samoletil18
    samoletil18 20 July 2014 12: 53
    Yak-130! Rather, in wide operation. And there, and to the international market.
  10. Florist
    Florist 1 August 2014 17: 47
    This airplane, as well as the Yak-130 for some countries, can become good light attack aircraft, as a counterguerrilla aircraft or to combat smugglers and cortels) This niche is certainly not free either, but someone has a glider’s resource, someone due to changes in the political situation, he loses contact with the supplier, cannot properly maintain his old cars.
  11. tag17
    tag17 6 August 2014 23: 12
    The plane may be good, but the market is already busy. Another would be "Ikarus" offered ..
  12. Prager
    Prager 30 October 2014 14: 44
    I wish you success, Yak-130! Let your flying destiny be successful!