Czech aerospace company, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE has conducted the maiden flight of the first pre-serial Aero L-39NG trainer/light attack jet at Aero Vodochody Airport on Dec. 22.
The new generation of the Czech jet trainer was piloted by Aero’s test pilots David Jahoda and Vladimír Továrek. The first pre-serial aircraft was rolled out on Oct. 12 in the presence of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and military officials from a number of nations.
The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective 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 Albatros, 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.