Modern trainer aircraft to compete in Hungarian skies

Kecskemet airshow 2021 Hungary
M-346, L-39NG and Super Tucano trainer/light attack aircraft will perform at the upcoming International Kecskemet Airshow, Hungary.

The skies above Kecskemet Airport, Hungary, will come alive next weekend with the roaring engines of military aircraft. After an eight-year hiatus, the International Kecskemet Airshow - one of the leading airshows in Europe - will return on 28 and 29 August.

The event will not only be an opportunity to admire some of the world's leading aerobatic teams and the capabilities of the Hungarian armed forces, but also a showcase for aerospace industry platforms.

Looking at the flight program, the event will include the demo displays of the Leonardo M-346 (by the Italian Air Force), the Aero L-39NG and the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano.

The presence of these aircraft is not a coincidence, as we have already said in a previous article, Hungary is currently considering introducing a new trainer and light attack aircraft, after having decommissioned the L-39 Albatros fleet a few years ago.

The Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody will show the flying display of its modern L-39NG jet for the first time, while the Brazilian firm Embraer will try to sell its Super Tucano after the success achieved in Hungary with the KC-390.

The Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Experimental Flight Department) of the Italian Air Force will instead represent the abilities of the Italian military pilots and aerospace industry through an exciting performance of the advanced M-346 jet, as well as the Eurofighter Typhoon and C-27J.

The competition between industries to sign a contract with Budapest is coming to a head. Although a decision has not yet been made, the Hungarian defense may soon opt to return to training student pilots at home. The nation has long begun a strong reorganization and modernization program of the armed forces which involved the acquisition of different types of planes and helicopters.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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