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Hungary is showing keen interest in Aero Vodochody’s L-39NG aircraft, a light jet capable of serving as a light attack aircraft and unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. Recently, the L-39NG took off from the 59th Air Force Base of the Hungarian Defence Forces in Kecskemét to perform the evaluation flights with representatives of the Hungarian Air Force.

The service has historically good experience with aircraft from Aero Vodochody production. Until 2009, Hungary operated a squadron of L-39 ALBATROS (since 1993, a total of 20 L-39 aircraft and then 12 aircraft since 1998). From 2007 to 2010, they also trained their pilots on leased L-159 aircraft. Both types made a very good impression in Hungary for their flight characteristics and operational capabilities.

L-39NG is a new aircraft from production of Aero Vodochody. It offers balanced aircraft characteristics and performance while using advanced aircraft technologies, an effective and sophisticated pilot and ground personnel training concept and easy maintenance.

The L-39NG is able to cover multiple training phases. In September 2020, the Military Aviation Authority of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic had certified the L-39NG aircraft to the new supranational military standards, EMAR 21 and EMACC, which is recognised by all EU and NATO military authorities.

Next Generation L-39

The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39 with optimised features to reduce resistance and increase efficiency and 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 fourth and fifth 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 the Czech company OMNIPOL by having 50 per cent of share and financial contribution in the project.

J C Menon