Aero offers Iraq upgrade package for L-159 fleet and new L-39NG jets

Aero Iraq upgrade L159 L39NG
Iraqi Air Force L-159 Alca trainer and light combat aircraft.

Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody announced on May 13, 2022 that it had received a visit from an Iraqi delegation led by Defense Minister Juma Inad. According to Aereo, the visit was focused on the presentation of the L-159 modernization project, the demonstration of the L-39NG prototype and the further development of commercial relations between the OMNIPOL Group and Iraq.

"The meeting with the Iraqi delegation brought further developments in the Iraqi L-159 modernization project and the possible future use of the L-39NG as an efficient and modern platform for training of Iraqi pilots for the Czech L-159 and American F-16 aircraft. Aero platforms have an excellent reputation among the Iraqi Air Force. The L-159 Alca light attack aircraft continues to prove its quality and contributions in various combat missions," said Viktor Sotona, President and CEO of AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE.

Iraq is an important, long-term partner of Aero. It is also a current user of the L-159 aircraft. Aero has delivered a total of 10 single-seat L-159A and two L-159T1 in twin-seat configuration to the Iraqi Air Force. The cooperation also included training of Iraqi pilots, training of ground personnel and Iraqi flight instructors. Many Iraqi pilots began their careers in the L-29 DelfĂ­n and L-39 Albatros aircraft.

The L-159 Alca light combat and training aircraft was designed to perform a variety of combat missions and aerial reconnaissance. The new L-39NG jet trainer, the flagship product of Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody, is the successor to the popular L-39 Albatros.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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