Czech Republic-based manufacturer Aero Vodochody Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have partnered to participate in the US Air Force’s (USAF) OA-X light attack programme.
Aero Vodochody’s L-159 and the L-39NG light jet aircraft that are being offered for the USAF programme are said to be equipped with a varied range of advanced and unique capabilities
The two aircraft are expected to meet or exceed the OA-X requirements of the USAF for mission performance and system attributes.
Aero Vodochody Aerospace president and chief executive officer Giuseppe Giordo said: “Our family of aircraft offer the USAF a high and low choice of aircraft upon the airforce’s cost-benefit trade-off.
“Together with IAI, Aero is ready to offer the USAF a multi-mission aircraft with the best available technology today, with potential for growth tomorrow. Our two non-developmental solutions offer the American airforce a real choice of low-risk, low-cost solutions, in aircraft flying with coalition partners today.”
Both L-159 and the L-39NG can effectively meet the timeframe and production tempo stated by the USAF according to the Czech Republic manufacturer.
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AERO Vodochody and IAI are currently looking for an American partner to participate in the USAF’s O-AX programme.
IAI Lahav Division general manager Benjamin Cohen said: “Our cooperation with Aero Vodochody offers the USAF impressive proven performance of the L-159 with new innovative IAI systems to provide customers with aircraft that meet their OA-X requirements.
“Our virtual training system for the L-39NG is truly world class.”
Aero Vodochody’s L-159 aircraft is a light, multi-role combat jet designed to carry out air-to-air, air-to-ground forward air control, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
L-39NG is a modern and effective military light aircraft integrated with virtual training solutions and helmet-mounted display provided by IAI as part of the overall L-39NG training system.