Aero Vodochody Conducts Maiden Flight Of L-159 T2X Trainer Prototype Aircraft
In parallel with the assist and upkeep of the present L-159 plane, Aero has been repeatedly engaged on upgrading its capabilities, with the primary objective of offering an plane that can meet the demanding necessities of fifth technology fight pilot coaching. Final week, after 4 years of intensive work, the prototype (demonstrator) L-159 T2X took off from the airport in Vodochody. It’s an plane on which engineers are testing new avionic programs and key design parts. The L-159 plane produced by Aero Vodochody is at the moment utilized by the Czech and Iraqi armies. Just lately, Draken Europe has began utilizing the Czech plane for coaching functions. Aero continues to improve key parts of the plane, which is called the Honey Badger amongst its customers for its endurance, sturdiness and fight capabilities. In whole, Aero has produced 86 L-159s in numerous configurations (together with conversions) up to now.
Among the many benefits of the L-159 in comparison with its opponents are its low working prices and ease of upkeep in day by day operation. The plane is thus a wonderful platform for superior and fight pilot coaching for fourth and rising fifth technology fighter plane. The potential to function effectively and cost-effectively towards drones, due to the highly effective on-board radar, is proving to be a big asset at the moment. That is additionally why it was chosen by Draken Europe, which signed a cooperation settlement with Aero earlier this yr in Farnborough. Draken Europe will use the L-159 as an aggressor plane within the coaching of RAF fighter pilots, together with the F-35 jet fighter.
After 4 years of improvement, the prototype, named L-159 T2X, as soon as once more roared over the corporate’s premises. Aero is testing upgraded options on this airplane. “We now have developed a brand new wing and an integral tank that will increase the vary, particularly for two-seat configurations. It’ll additionally permit us to extend the variety of usable wing pylons. We additionally plan to combine utterly redesigned avionics and precision weapons expertise towards floor targets. With the improve, we need to guarantee long-term and environment friendly use of the plane for our clients,” says Milos Trnobransky, chief designer of the L-39, L-59 and L-159 plane at Aero.
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design, manufacture, upkeep, overhaul and improve of navy and civil plane. It’s the largest aviation producer within the Czech Republic and with historical past courting again to 1919, Aero is likely one of the oldest aerospace corporations on the earth. Within the area of navy plane, Aero has been a dependable long-term companion to lots of the world’s air forces and continues to take care of a robust place in the marketplace of navy coaching and light-weight 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 big current 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 area of civil aviation, Aero collaborates with lots of the world’s largest producers in a various vary of initiatives.
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