The Airpower Airshow was a key event for Aero. With its latest L-39NG aircraft on static display, Aero representatives held constructive meetings with various Air Force representatives, officials and industrial partners. The Memorandum of Understanding between Aero and Airborne Technologies GmbH was signed, regarding joint development and integration of reconnaissance systems (pod) onto L-39NG jet trainer.
“The L-39NG platform from Aero is a very attractive choice for our customers. In the case of Austria, the Czech Ministry of Defence fully supports the project and offers full government to government sale and collaboration via its Agency for Intergovernmental Defence Cooperation (AMOS). In addition, the Czech Republic is also offering to Austria participation in jet pilot training and therefore sharing logistics and operational costs,” says Filip Kulštrunk, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Aero Vodochody.
L-39NG is the most cost-effective platform for training, light attack and air surveillance missions in its class. Operating the L-39NG in Austria will not only bring significant cost savings, when compared to training fighter pilots abroad, but it will deliver additional indigenous mission capabilities to the Austrian Air Force.
The jet trainer has already received type certification without restrictions, meaning it can be operated worldwide and is compatible with all requirements within the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Within its program, Aero offers strategic, long-term industrial cooperation to Austria for at least 20 years. Currently, Aero is discussing other strategic industrial collaborations with multiple Austrian companies that can be directly involved in the manufacturing process, as well as in the maintenance and support of the L-39NG training platform.