Aero, Draken enter into long-term cooperation agreement for L-159 aircraft

Aero Draken agreement L159
Draken L-159 aggressor aircraft.

Czech aircraft manufacturer Aereo announced on December 8 that it has signed an agreement with Draken, a company specializing in adversary air training services, for a long-term cooperation focused on the L-159 aircraft. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop and implement a dedicated maintenance and support program for Draken`s L-159 fleet which is used to train front-line pilots of the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force.

“Through this complex contract, Aero will build up the capability and authorize Draken to carry out depot-level inspection and maintenance procedures of its fleet of Aero L-159 aircraft at the Draken Europe premises in the UK.” Said Filip Kul┼ítrunk, Aero`s executive vice president & Chief Commercial Officer, and adds: “We have also agreed key principles of strategic cooperation with Draken, through which we will ensure that the aircraft operated by Draken are used to their full potential until their end-of-life service date, which is expected in 2045.”

Draken operates a total of 23 “Alcas” as aggressor aircraft, providing training services for elite jet fighter pilots of the US, UK and other NATO Air Forces. At its facilities in the UK, eight Aero L-159s operate, alongside the Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft, providing complex operational readiness training, which includes adversarial support and electronic attack training.

“The Aero L-159s are a key component of our fleet, flying sorties daily in an aggressor role against Royal Air Force F-35s, Eurofighter Typhoons, and other platforms.” describes Richard Stoate, Draken’s Vice President Commercial and Supply Chain, “Through close cooperation with Aero, we will continue to meet the aircraft safety, performance and availability requirements set by our current and future customers.”

Aero highlighted how the L-159s are a formidable aggressive platform, with excellent flight characteristics, powerful radar and modern avionics systems. They are also very suitable for performing light combat missions, as well as for the advanced training of fourth and fifth generation fighter pilots.

“This contract is a testament to Aero’s flexibility and ability to develop complex industrial cooperation programs, including transfer of knowhow and capability in the area of long-term aircraft maintenance and support. We look forward to this newly established cooperation with Draken.” adds Filip Kul┼ítrunk.

With this contract, Aero has now secured comprehensive support contracts with all users of L-159 aircraft and is looking at offering the same concept with the newest platform, the L-39NG.

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