AERO Vodochody has been granted permission to function its tunnel firing vary to check aerial weapons and ammunition. The firing vary, which is situated on the corporate’s premises in Vodochody, shall be used primarily for capturing air cannons of a caliber bigger than 20 mm. The ammunition tunnel firing vary could also be used for firing actions associated to Aero’s manufacturing, growth, testing, and industrial actions. This firing vary is primarily supposed for particular ballistic testing of weapons and ammunition of caliber higher than 20 mm. It might even be used for firing numerous sorts of firearms firing cartridges of an ammunition nature. The method of acquiring a allow to function the ammunition tunnel vary took greater than a 12 months and concerned, amongst different issues, the approval of all of the authorities involved, an knowledgeable ballistics report and a number of other on-site inspections of the vary. The choice to allow the operation of the tunnel capturing vary for ammunition in Aero was issued by the Regional Police Directorate of the Central Bohemia Area, Weapons and Safety Materials Service Division, in accordance with the Firearms and Ammunition Act.

“The vary shall be used primarily for check firing of air-launched weapons. Particularly, for instance, the capturing of 23mm cannons from Bulgarian L-39 ZAs, that are present process an overhaul in our nation, or assessments of the potential armament of the brand new L-39NG coach plane,” specifies Viktor Sotona, President and CEO of Aero.


AERO Vodochody’s tunnel firing vary for particular ballistic testing of weapons and ammunition of caliber higher than 20 mm. (Picture by Aero)

The tunnel firing vary is situated in Aero’s fenced compound, north of Vodochody Airport. It’s the solely firing vary within the Czech Republic that’s designed for firing from plane weapons. The capturing vary has concrete partitions one meter thick and the ceiling on the thickest level on the finish of the tunnel is one and a half meters thick. On the finish of the tunnel, there’s a 15-meter-thick sand mound. All that is designed to soundly intercept even large-caliber projectiles. This firing vary is a everlasting, indoor, tunnel check vary not open to the general public and never used for enterprise functions. The vary shall allow the firing of licensed weapons and ammunition, by licensed strategies of fireplace as specified within the relevant working rules. There’s additionally a 50-meter sport capturing vary adjoining to the tunnel ammunition vary.

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the event, manufacturing, upkeep and enchancment of civil and navy plane and is the most important plane producer within the Czech Republic and one of many oldest plane producers on this planet. Within the area of personal plane, AERO is a everlasting accomplice of a variety of navy air forces and has a powerful place available in the market for navy coach and light-weight fight plane. With 11,000 plane produced in its 100 years of existence, tons of of L-39 Albatros plane nonetheless in service with dozens of navy operators and a variety of demo groups, and particularly with its new L-39NG plane, AERO has established itself as a frontrunner within the world jet coach market. Within the civil aviation sector, AERO works with main plane producers on a variety of tasks and is a accomplice in a number of risk-sharing packages, the place it’s accountable not just for the manufacture and meeting of plane assemblies, but in addition for his or her growth.

The L-159 is a light multi-role combat aircraft designed for a variety of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance missions.
The L-159 is a light-weight multi-role fight plane designed for quite a lot of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance missions. (Picture by Aero)