Aero Vodochody to modernise Czech Army’s L-159 aircraft


The Czech Ministry of Defense has signed a new contract with aircraft company Aero Vodochody to modernise and upgrade the army’s L-159 aircraft.

Under the terms of the deal, Aero Vodochody will improve cockpits of the Czech Army’s L-159 jets, in terms of particular requirements specified by the Czech Air Force.

The new deal is part of the company’s plan to upgrade the L-159 light combat aircraft and launch them in the market.

At the end of March, Aero Vodochody confirmed that the company restored the production line, finalised and delivered its first new L-159 aircraft for a foreign customer.

Aero Vodochody president Giuseppe Giordo said: “We would like to offer L-159 to our new customers as a light combat aircraft and advanced trainer, which reflects the current demand of armies worldwide.

"We would like to offer L-159 to our new customers as a light combat aircraft and advanced trainer, which reflects the current demand of armies worldwide."

“We develop several upgrades of this aircraft now. Czech Army is the most experienced operator of L-159s so it is legitimate, that we cooperate in improvement especially with Czech Air Force.”

Being a long-term partner of the Czech Army, the aircraft company supports the army’s L-159 fleet and also converts three aircraft to type L-159T2 for the Czech Air Force.

The L-159 aircraft is a light, multi-role combat jet that has been designed to carry out a wide range of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance missions.

The aircraft features an advanced multi-mode radar suitable for all-weather, day and night operations and can also carry various Nato standard air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and laser-guided bombs.


Image: Two L-159 aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Aero Vodochody Aerospace.