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Aero Vodochody makes progress

Photo: The first L-159T2. Photo Aero/Martin Mamula

 

The first L-159T2 for the Czech Air Force made its first flight on August 2, 2018. The Czech Air Force ordered three L-159T2 twin seat aircraft with several upgrades on board in 2016 to fulfil operational missions and advanced jet training. The L-159T2s are supposed to be delivered to Čáslav air base by the end of this year.

The successful first flight of L-159T2 (serial 6028), piloted by Aero’s test pilots Vladimír Kvarda and David Jahoda, lasted 30 minutes. The T2s have a newly-built central and forward fuselage, several significant improvements, mostly in equipment of both cockpits and in the fuel system, and are fully NVG compatible. Each cockpit is further equipped with two Multi Function Displays and upgraded VS-20 ejection seats. The Grifo radar, used in single seat version, is also added to the L-159T2 as well as the self protection systems (countermeasures and radar warning receiver).

Meanwhile, assembly of the first L-39NG aircraft in Aero Vodochody continues. The airframe is now 70 per cent complete and the first example (7001) is planned for rollout in October this year.

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