Czech aerospace manufacturer Aero Vodochody flew its first new L-159T2 advanced jet trainer on August 2. Company test pilots Vladimir Kvarda and David Jahoda were at the controls for the 30-minute flight that was completed without incident.
Aero Vodochody signed a contract with the Czech Air Force for three enhanced L-159T2 aircraft in September 2016. These are set to be delivered to the customer before the end of the year.
The L-159T2 utilises the tail, rear fuselage, wings and nose cone from existing single-seat L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA) airframes, which are then incorporated into a new central and forward fuselage. The jets will be equipped with the same Leoanrdo Grifo radar as the single-seat L-159, as well as two 5 x 7in multifunction displays in both cockpits. The L-159T2 is also equipped with upgraded VS-20 ejection seats, is compatible with night-vision goggles (NVGs) and has a pressure refuelling capability with external fuel tanks.
Pavel Sedláček, the L-159 project manager told AFM: “The T2s could also be used for operational missions as well as advanced jet training.” Alan Warnes