News Listings for Aero L-39 Albatros

  • PARIS: Russia's air force gets real

    News | 18 Jun 2011 10:00 | Alan Dron

    Senior officers in Russia's air force can see glimmers of light after the gloom of the 1990s and early 2000s. The question is whether these glimmers are yet another false dawn.
  • Flying an L-39 at one metre altitude - easy?

    News | 18 Apr 2007 11:59 | Michael Targett

    <P><SPAN id=vidDescRemain style="DISPLAY: inline">This pilot is part of the <A href="">Rus&nbsp;Aerobatic team</A>, and by the looks of can fly a bit.</SPAN></P> <P align=center> <OBJECT height=350 width=425><PARAM NAME="movie" VALUE=""><PARAM NAME="wmode" VALUE="transparent"> <embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></OBJECT></P> <P><SPAN style="DISPLAY: inline"></SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="DISPLAY: inline">The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance, jet trainer aircraft developed in Czechoslovakia to meet requirements for a "C-39" (C for Cvičný - trainer) during the 1960s to replace the L-29 Delfín.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="DISPLAY: inline">It was the first of the second-generation jet trainers, and the very first turbofan-powered trainer produced, and was later updated as the L-59 S
  • Taliban's modest armoury

    News | 16 Oct 2001 00:00

    <p>Many of the weapons available to Afghanistan are remnants of the 1979-89 Soviet occupation, either left by the Soviet forces or supplied by the USA to the mujaheddin. At the start of the US strikes the Taliban air force had five Aero L-39 Albatros and 20-odd Mikoyan MiG-21 Fishbeds and Sukhoi Su-20/22 Fitters, perhaps eight of which were serviceable. The Northern Alliance possibly has all types, but it is unclear whether the aircraft are airworthy. Both sides have Soviet-built transports, principally Antonov An-24Cokes, and Mil Mi-8 Hips and Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopters. </p> <p>The Taliban has access to Fakel S-75 Dvina (SA-2 Guideline) and/or Almaz S-125 Neva (SA-3 Goa) surface to air missile systems. More dangerous, particularly to any helicopter-borne airmobile forces, are a plethora of man-portable air defence systems (manpads) - Raytheon Stinger and Strela 2/2M/3s (SA-7 Grail/SA-14 Gremlin) - and heavy machine guns. A favoured mujaheddin tactic was to entice Soviet helicopters
  • Thailand finds aircraft bargains in Germany

    News | 21 Jul 1999 00:00

    <p>Thailand is buying 50 Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets advanced trainers/light strike aircraft from the German air force for the knock-down price of 1 million baht ($27,000) each. </p> <p>Although the aircraft are cheap, another 60 million baht will have to be spent on each one to make it airworthy. The first aircraft could enter service by December. </p> <p>Thailand, hit hard by the Asian economic crises, requires the aircraft to replace elderly Rockwell OV-10C Broncos, Fairchild AU-23 Peacemakers and Aero L-39 Albatros used in the border surveillance/light strike role. These aircraft are based close to the area where the neighbouring Myanmar army has recently been mounting cross-border raids. </p> <p>Germany received 175 Alpha Jets between 1979 and 1983, which it used in the light strike role rather than for training until 1995. Most of the aircraft have since been mothballed, although some were supplied to Portugal.</p>
  • MiG-AT poised for service

    News | 08 Jan 1997 00:00

    <p>The Russian air force will place an order for ten VPK MAPOMiG-AT advanced jet trainers within the next 12 months, according to Russian press reports. If confirmed, the move is the clearest indication yet that the MiG-ATis emerging as the air force's preferred jet trainer over the rival Yakovlev Yak-130. </p> <p>According to press reports, defence officials claim that the aircraft will be delivered to the air force in the latter half of 1998, shortly after the trainer is certificated. A Russian air force decision in favour of the MAPO trainer would end Yakovlev's interest in military-aircraft design, leaving it as a sports-aircraft and airliner-design house. </p> <p>The Russian air force has an outstanding requirement to replace its Czech Aero L-39 Albatros trainers which, since the break-up of the Warsaw Pact, have become increasingly expensive to operate. </p> <p>Neither MAPO nor Yakovlev were available for comment. Russian sources suggest, however, that in recent months it has
  • MAPO

    News | 23 Oct 1996 00:00

    <p>MIG-21 FISHBED </p> <p>India has "agreed" an upgrade programme for some 100 of its MiG-21s with MAPO, although it is not known as to whether the programme has actually begun. The package is based on Mikoyan's MiG-21-93 proposal, which includes the Phazotron Kopyo multi-mode lightweight radar. Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) is also offering an upgrade package for the Fishbed with Cambodia one of three customers. </p> <p>Customers (including secondhand aircraft): Afghanistan 65+, Algeria 90, Angola 70, Bangladesh 14, Bulgaria 80+, Burkina Faso 3+, Cambodia 20+, CIS 3,000+, Congo 14, Cuba 169+, Czech and Slovak Republics 350+, Egypt 475+, Ethiopia 95, Finland 54, Guinea Republic 8, Hungary 100+, India 675+, Iraq 230+, Laos 44, Libya 104, Madagascar 15, Mali 12, Mongolia 12, Nigeria 30, North Korea 220, North Yemen 12, Poland 400+, Romania 175+, Somalia 10, South Yemen 50+, Sudan 18, Syria 435+, Uganda 19, Vietnam 235+, former Yugoslavia 120+, Zambia 18. </p> <p>MIG-23/27 FLOGGER <