Uruguay shows interest in L-39NG advanced trainer jet

Representatives of the Uruguayan Air Force visited the facilities of the Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody

Uruguay evaluates Aero Vodochody’s advanced trainer L-39NG, the Czech manufacturer revealed this week. A delegation from the South American country’s air force was recently at the company’s facilities visiting the assembly line of the advanced training and light attack jet.

For a long time, Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya has been aiming to replace its old Cessna A-37 Dragonfly jets as well as fill the place left by the IA 58 Pucará attack planes, deactivated in 2017.

Uruguay is also evaluating the Russian Yakovlev Yak-130, but no statement on a possible order has been made by the country’s government so far.

The L-39NG is an improved version of the L-39 Albatros jet, which first flew in 1968 and which was operated by the former Soviet Union and several other aligned countries.

The L-39NG prototype had its Ivchenko AI-25TL engine replaced by the Williams International FJ44-4M, in addition to receiving a new avionics suite and a glass cockpit. The single-engine jet can carry up to 1,650 kg on its five hard points on the wings.

According to Aero, the L-39 was ordered by the Czech state-owned company LOM Praha sp, which will use them to train the country’s Air Force pilots, as well as the Republic of Senegal.

Representatives of the Uruguayan Air Force in presentation of the L-39NG (Aero)

Via Zona Militar

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