Aero Vodochody Awarded Bulgarian Air Force Contract For Modernization Of L-39 Aircraft
Aero Vodochody has awarded a contract for the overhaul of L-39 plane to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence. The primary two plane will likely be transferred to Aero by the top of January 2023. The contract additionally features a partial improve of the machines. The framework contract is legitimate for 4 years. The plane are scheduled to be delivered again in 2024 after the contract is absolutely accomplished. The contract additionally features a partial modernization, primarily changing the unique Russian avionics with Western ones, thus modernizing navigation, communication, identification, and recording gear. The overhaul itself will restore the plane to 7.5 years or 1,500 flight hours between overhauls.
“I’m delighted with the profitable completion of the tender and the chance to assist one other of the customers of our legendary L-39 Albatros plane. We’re systematically working to strengthen and develop relationships with the present customers of our plane. Thus, Bulgaria joins the ranks of shoppers who’ve opted for overhaul and partial modernization of their plane,” says Filip Kulštrunk, Vice President of Gross sales at Aero Vodochody.
Below the contract, an order has been positioned for the overhaul of the primary two L-39ZA plane, together with two engines and the Safir auxiliary launch unit. LOM Praha, a strategic companion, will even work on the contract and can overhaul the AI-25TL engines. Aero will begin intensive overhaul and partial modernization work by the top of January when the plane will likely be delivered to the Vodokhod manufacturing facility. In response to the contract, the completion of the primary plane is predicted in 2024. The plan is to fly the plane again to Bulgaria on their very own. Different suppliers from the Czech Republic, who cooperate with Aero Vodochody, will even take part within the contract.
Aero has produced some 2,900 L-39 Albatros plane, a whole lot of that are nonetheless flying around the globe. The Albatros is traditionally essentially the most profitable jet coach plane. However many international locations additionally use them for different missions, resembling reconnaissance missions or border safety. In recent times, the corporate has accomplished upkeep, restore, and improve orders for L-39C and L-39ZA plane from 4 international prospects in Africa and Central Asia. The L39 Albatros plane are anticipated to get replaced sooner or later by the brand new L-39NG plane, which is having fun with nice curiosity from customers worldwide on account of its profitable certification.
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on designing, manufacturing, sustaining, overhauling, and upgrading navy and civil plane. It’s the largest aviation producer within the Czech Republic and with a historical past courting again to 1919, Aero is likely one of the oldest aerospace firms on the planet. Within the discipline of navy plane, Aero has been a dependable long-term companion to most of the world’s air forces and continues to keep up a powerful place available in the market of navy coaching and lightweight fight plane. With a monitor report of 11,000 plane produced over the past 100 years, a broad protection of dozens of navy operators and demo groups, a major present fleet of L-39 Albatrosses, and with a brand-new plane, the L-39NG, Aero is sustaining its positioning as a frontrunner within the jet coaching market. Within the discipline of civil aviation, Aero collaborates with most of the world’s largest producers in a various vary of tasks.
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