AERO Vodochody is preparing to unveil new aircraft L-39NG. The rollout of the new jet trainer with a fuselage number 7001 will take place on October 12, 2018.
“By reaching this milestone, the L-39NG is getting its final shape, and very soon, we will be able to show the new jet trainer aircraft. The L-39NG is a new start for Aero Vodochody returning us back to the world class of proprietary aircraft manufacturers,” Giuseppe Giordo, President & CEO of Aero Vodochody, had stated earlier.
All sections of a fuselage have been integrated to form the final assembly structure called a cigar. The whole fuselage consists of 3,365 parts. Only 10 per cent of the fuselage parts are taken from its predecessor, the L-39 Albatros, 90 per cent are brand new.
At Farnborough Air Show, Aero had announced two agreements with two new international customers for the L-39NG and L-39CW – European provider of military aviation services SkyTech and American private company RSW Aviation for a total of 34 aircraft. In addition to the recently signed contract with Senegal, Aero has now a backlog of 38 aircraft to be produced in the next 4-5 years up to 2022.
The L-39NG aircraft is a 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 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. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard-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 to increase training efficiency.
Strategic partner of the L-39NG project is Czech company Omnipol.