Israel Aerospace Industries has signed a partnership agreement with Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody to jointly market L-159 military light jet aircraft.
The partners have agreed to integrate new avionics and other solutions, on the L-159 platform, and to jointly market the aircraft. Aero and IAI have also agreed to collaborate on enhancing pilot training by integrating IAI's virtual training solutions as part of the overall L-39NG training system, Aero said in a statement.
The L-159 aircraft is equipped with a multi-mode IAI (Elta) radar for all-weather, day and night operations, can be equipped with IAI Real Time Tactical combat proven Data Link supporting Situational Awareness presentation and can carry a wide range of NATO standards stores including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and laser guided bombs. The two-seat L-159 is a derivate of the single-seat L-159, primarily designed for Advanced and Operational/Lead-In Fighter Training. The L-159 configuration can also be tailored to customer specific requirements and adapted to needs of basic training as well as combat missions including air-to-ground, patrol and reconnaissance missions – all supported by advanced planning and debriefing station.
The L-39NG aircraft is a modern trainer designed to meet the comprehensive pilot training requirements of modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39, but utilizes the latest technologies and equipment. The aircraft is powered by FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service. The aircraft's avionics are designed to support the training of future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer's specific requirements. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard-points for weapons. The aircraft also features simulation technologies, including integration with high-tech tactical simulation centers to increase training efficiency. The L-39NG project strategic partner is the Czech company Omnipol.