Aero Vodochody introduces the L-39NG: the next generation of the legendary jet trainer

July 16, 2014, Farnborough, UK. AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. announced the launch of development of the new L-39NG jet training aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow today. The aircraft incorporates advanced aerospace technologies and an efficient new engine, building on the excellent traditional characteristics of the L-39 family of aircraft.

The new L-39NG aircraft builds on the tradition of successful L-39 aircraft, produced by Aero since the 1960s. Aero delivered more than 3000 L-39s and four hundred are still in operation today. “Our company has produced the most numerous and successful aircraft of this type in aviation history; therefore, the project will integrate the experiences of our existing operators from around the world, from every continent and every type of climate,” said Ladislav Šimek, president of AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s.

The L-39 is renowned for its exceptional operating characteristics, namely its excellent manoeuvrability, ease of maintenance, robust design proven in more than 5,000,000 flight hours, great adaptability to extreme climatic conditions and last but not least, low operating costs. 

The new generation aircraft, named L-39NG, builds upon these cornerstones of success and adds many modern and advanced features that are required in training aircraft for the 21st century. The key new feature is the light and fuel efficient Williams International FJ44-4M engine, which delivers improved performance in speed, range and endurance. In the cockpit, advanced modular “glass” avionics and communication systems along with embedded virtual training systems bring new capabilities in cost effective training for pilots of this and the next generation of military aircraft. Finally, the airframe now features a new wet wing and the use of modern materials which reduce the overall weight as well as extend the airframe service life. These major changes are accompanied by many other detail advances in the design.

The new aircraft is intended as a direct replacement for the original L-39 aircraft and a range of other jet trainers. Up to 60% the current world-wide jet trainer fleet will be withdrawn from service within the next 15 years. “We will offer existing users a solution to their aging L-39 fleets, but we also expect a number of new clients,” said Šimek. The company plans to introduce the L-39NG prototype in 2016 with the first deliveries beginning in 2018.

 About L-39NG

In 2014, the brand new L-39NG program was announced by Aero. The L-39NG represents a new generation of basic and advanced jet trainer, one based on proven reliability and performance of their legendary L-39 Albatros.  With its advanced capabilities, the L-39NG provides the optimal solution for cost effective military flight training requirements. The flexibility of this multi-role aircraft means it is also suitable for light combat and reconnaissance missions in any climate conditions. It is certain that this new version of the legend will be a leader in its class and the number one choice as a replacement for the L-39 fleet, as well as with former operators of the type.

 About Aero

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. is focused 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 in the world. In the field of civil aviation, Aero partners 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 production of structures but also for development. In the field of military aircraft Aero has been a long term, reliable partner to many of the world’s air forces. Aero is a founding member of Confederation of the Czech aviation industry.

About Williams International

Williams International is the world leader in the design, manufacturing and support of small gas turbine engines. In addition to its world class reputation for customer support, Williams is also well known for establishing the most highly integrated and automated manufacturing facilities in the world to support high quality, high volume production and on schedule delivery of its rapidly growing family of commercial and military products. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.

 AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. contact:

Tereza Vrublová

PR Specialist

tereza.kryspinova@aero.cz; +420 734 518 038