21 octobre 2018 | International, Aérospatial

Czech defense minister pledges purchase of new jet trainers from local company

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WARSAW, Poland — Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar has announced the country’s military could acquire up to six new L-39NG jet trainers from local manufacturer Aero Vodochody to replace its outdated L-39 Albatros aircraft.

"The Ministry of Defence and the military are interested in these aircraft, negotiations are, of course, already taking place and we will acquire these aircraft," Metnar said, as reported by local broadcaster Ceska Televize.

In addition to the Czech Air Force, Aero Vodochody hopes to supply its new jet trainer to a number of foreign markets.

Earlier this year, Giuseppe Giordo, the company’s president, said the firm estimates that in the next 10 to 15 years there will be a need to replace up to 3,000 training aircraft worldwide. The manufacturer aims to supply more than 100 L-39NGs in the next 10 years.

Four jet trainers have already been ordered by Senegal, and deliveries are expected to begin in early 2020, according to Aero Vodochody.

The L-39NG is fitted with the FJ44-4M turbofan engine made by Williams International.

Aero Vodochody says it is the Czech Republic’s largest aerospace company, with some 1,900 employees.

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/10/18/czech-defense-minister-pledges-purchase-of-new-jet-trainers-from-local-company

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