Aero and SkyTech agreed on a strategic cooperation in the L-39NG program
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE and SkyTech, a leading provider of military aviation services and funding solutions, signed a binding agreement for the delivery of 10 L-39NG jet training aircraft including option for additional 6 aircraft.
Farnborough, United Kingdom – AERO Vodochody, a leading central European aerospace company, and SkyTech, a leading provider of military aviation services and funding solutions, today signed a binding agreement for the delivery of 10 L-39NG jet training aircraft including option for additional 6 aircraft. The combination of the modern L-39NG training aircraft and the innovative approach of SkyTech, brings to the market an unparalleled opportunity for the training of modern air forces.
The L-39NG fleet will be made available by SkyTech for any customer either in the area of training flight hours, or short, mid and long-term leasing. The L-39NG is being certified using the European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) and thus brings a true compatibility and interoperability within EU and NATO operators avoiding any additional certification and cross-border processes.
The L-39NG fleet agreement includes a set of state-of-the-art simulators and debriefing devices for effective training and learning process. The AERO-SkyTech cooperation is a key element of AERO’s global strategy for cooperation with other selected partners offering unprecedented availability of jet training to any Air Force in the world who want the latest platforms but are facing cost restraints.
Giuseppe Giordo, President & CEO of AERO, said: “We are proud to announce that in addition to the recently signed contract with Senegal, we are signing this new agreement achieving a backlog of up to 38 aircraft to be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and coming from international customers and partners. SkyTech represents a strategic partnership for us starting a new era in jet training at a time, when all air forces have an urgent need of cost effective training, with growing time and capacity demands. The solution with SkyTech allows immediate training of the air force personnel and provides operators the time and comfort of selecting a new trainer, or alternatively, it allows them even to use the AERO-SkyTech solution on a long-term basis. We are proud SkyTech selected the L-39NG as a corner-stone of its lead-in training capability.“
Dr Paulo Mirpuri, President and CEO of SkyTech considers the cooperation as; “A strategic milestone in SkyTech’s evolution and one we are proud to share with Aero”.
SkyTech, which is powered by well-known aircraft leasing company HiFly, and partnered with Australian Defence provider Adagold Aviation, is already starting to transform the way militaries look at their procurement modelling. Dr Mirpuri explains; “We can create a situation whereby Air Forces can obtain their necessary squadron and force projection with less strain on already shrinking budgets”. In the training pipeline, the L39NG is an important part of our strategy to provide Countries with cost effective options as new pilots move through the various phases from initial screening through to operational squadrons.
He goes on to say that “in time SkyTech will be able to offer Air Forces’ access to aircraft that cover the various phases of training and also provide them with choices of aircraft as the trainees’ progress”. Dr Mirpuri adds; “An Air Force doesn’t need to alter its training programmes but will have a choice of aircraft that meets how they conduct each training phase both cost effectively and efficiently. The L39NG is perfect as part of this objective”.
The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective trainer designed as a unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39, but 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 4th and 5th 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 in the L-39NG project is Czech company Omnipol. For more information, visit www.l-39ng.aero
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design and manufacturing of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aerospace companies worldwide. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world's air forces and it has a strong position on the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With a huge existing fleet of L-39 and with a brand new aircraft, L-39NG, Aero is positioning itself as a leader in the jet training market. In the field of civil aviation, Aero partners with many of the world's largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects. More recently, Aero became a full partner in several risk-sharing programs, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for development.
SkyTech offers solutions to address shortfalls in military aviation. The company is able to fund Military Aircraft, Flight Simulators and other related equipment with a wide range of cost effective and innovative options. SkyTech can also provide operations and maintenance support and a wide range of military services by offering a variety of solutions for short, medium or long-term contracts.
SkyTech’s innovative solutions have been built on a solid foundation of successfully managing and coordinating the interface between Military and Civilian operations, their specific requirements and the various levels of compliance. With extensive experience supplying aircraft to several Ministries of Defence and Governments, SkyTech offers a highly qualified level of customer service, with long standing commercial, technical and operational experience.
SkyTech is powered by Hi Fly - Hi Fly operates a large fleet of Airbus aircraft: A330’s and A340’s and is a successful wet and dry-lease specialized Airline, certified by EASA, by the Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) and by the Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (TM CAD). Hi Fly has also approvals to operate in the United States by the USA Department of Transportation. The airline is also certified to operate worldwide without any restrictions, including holding Foreign AOC from countries such as: Australia, Japan and Canada, Brazil and Mexico.
OMNIPOL a.s. is a Czech investment and defence company and long-term partner of AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE with a long tradition since 1934, which was accountable for exporting more than 2700 units of the L-39 aircraft worldwide (more than 700 L-39 aircrafts are still in operation).
OMNIPOL also invest in perspective domestic companies and defence programmes with high technical and export potential. The OMNIPOL Group currently includes among others the companies ERA a.s. and MESIT holding, a.s. as well as a bunch of their subsidiaries.
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