Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody has landed one of the largest Czech defense industry orders in recent years, with the contract for the delivery of jet trainer aircraft to Vietnam.
The 12 L-39NG Albatros jet trainers will be delivered by Aero Vodochody under a contract signed between OMNIPOL and the Vietnam defense ministry.
Vietnam will receive the aircraft between 2023 and 2024.
In addition to the aircraft, the contract includes the training of pilots, instructors, ground crew and mechanics. Also included will be the supply of aircraft spare parts and equipment for ground-based training, logistics support or specialized airport systems.
“We are proud to announce this crucial and strategic cooperation, which is an important milestone for the L-39NG project. The combination of a modern L-39NG training aircraft and the high professionalism of the Vietnam Air Force brings about the deepening and mutual development of relations between the Czech Republic and Vietnam,” Jiří Podpěra, president of OMNIPOL, commented.
This is not the first time Vietnam is ordering aircraft from the Czech Republic. During the 1970’s and 80’s, Vietnam received the Zlín Z-226, AERO AE 45 and the L-39 Albatros aircraft. A total of 31 L-39s were delivered to Vietnam via OMNIPOL and their main purpose was to train new cadets.
The L-39NG (Next Generation) builds upon the successful L-39 and incorporates features to reduce resistance and increase efficiency. Power is provided by the FJ44-4M engine while the avionics provide the means to train future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft. The L-39NG is also equipped with five hard-points for weapons.