Cambodia could buy more L-39s

16 October 2019

The Czech Republic is in discussions to export more Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros basic trainer/light attack jet aircraft to Cambodia, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on 14 October.

Speaking in Prague during a visit by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Babis noted “the possibility of co-operation in the defence industry, for example Cambodia has Czech L-39 aircraft, which I see as a good point of contact for further co-operation in this area”.

The Royal Cambodian Air Force operates a fleet of five L-39s. The first of these was delivered in 1996, so upgrades or replacements are needed. Hun Sen said he discussed the potential procurement of “three or four” new L-39s, “and we continue to discuss this”.

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