Czech Republic’s Aero Vodochody and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 24 April that they are to collaborate on the Aero L-159 light combat and trainer aircraft and Aero L-39NG training system.
The announcement, made at the ILA air show in Berlin, will see the companies work on integrating avionics from IAI onto the L-159, as well as jointly marketing the aircraft. Currently, the L-159 is equipped with an IAI Elta radar, with IAI also pitching the potential addition of real-time data link systems to the aircraft’s on-board systems.
The companies are also to collaborate on the virtual training system that comes with the overall L-39NG pilot training system. The L-39NG was launched in 2014 as a new version of the L-39, and features a lighter airframe, new engine, avionics, and a range of other system modifications to weapons, sensors, and electronic warfare equipment.
Senegal is the launch customer for the aircraft; this was revealed at Senegal's Independence Day celebrations in April 2018. The first two aircraft are due to be delivered in 2020, with a further two due in 2021.
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