Aero Vodochody is promoting its L-39NG jet trainer and light-attack platform here at Expodefensa 2019 for the first time, and the company is in talks with Colombia and Mexico about providing the aircraft.
A company official told Jane's on 2 December at the trade show that Aero Vodochody is also in talks with other Latin American nations, but he declined to elaborate. A customer could use the L-39NG for a second level of air force training. The Aero Vodochody official said the L-39NG could also be used with guns, rockets, and bombs as Colombia is using the aircraft against narcotics traffickers. The platform has centreline and four underwing hardpoints for 12.7 or 20 mm gun pods, 70 mm rocket pods, Mk 82 freefall bombs, laser-guided 70 mm rockets, and guided bombs.
The L-39NG is a tandem two-seat, low-wing design platform with a single jet engine fed by bifurcated intake high above the wing to minimise debris ingestion.
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