The Czech Republic state-owned enterprise LOM Praha has ordered four new L-39NG jet aircraft that will be used for basic and advanced training of pilots of the Czech Air Force.
Signed on November 14, the contract will see aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody deliver the first airframe no later than 28 months from the contract signing.
The contract also includes after-sales support or equipment, as well as an option for the acquisition of an additional four airframes.
In addition to the aircraft, the state enterprise will receive special and high-altitude equipment, survival equipment, initial training for pilots and ground personnel, ground equipment, initial sets of spare parts and consumables, flight planning and analysis systems and a ground training system.
The new L-39NG aircraft will be used for basic, advanced and basic combat training, during which the pilot learns the principles of using jet aircraft in the performance of combat tasks.
The acquired aircraft will primarily serve pilots of the Czech Air Force, however, it is also planned to train pilots of other countries in the NATO Flight Training Europe (NFTE) program, under which the Pardubice flight training center has already been certified as one of the first two approved campuses in Europe.
“Excellent experience and positive feedback from domestic users are always the best references for any manufacturer, therefore the state enterprise LOM Praha is a very important customer for us,” Viktor Sotona, president of Aero Vodochody, commented.