An Iraqi delegation led by Defense Minister Juma Inad visited the partly Hungarian-owned Aero Vodochody aircraft factory in the Czech Republic, reports Jetfly. The main purpose of the visit was to present the L-159 modernization project, demonstrate the L-39NG prototype, and further expand business relations.
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The Iraqi delegation inspected a prototype L-39NG aircraft and also discussed the modernization of the L-159, as well as deepening trade relations with the OMNIPOL Group.
Iraq operates a total of 12 L-159s and has 34 F-16 fighters in service. Acquiring L-39NGs could be a good option for training the pilots of these aircraft.
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. is a Czech aircraft manufacturer that also produced motorcycle sidecars, wooden bodies for passenger cars and vans, and automobiles from 1929.
The formerly Czechoslovakian company was founded on January 10, 1919, under the name “Aero, továrna letadel Dr. Kabeš” in Prague-Holešovice. Production at the newly built factory in Prague-Vysočany began in 1923. According to the contract signed in July 2021, the new owner is HSC Aerojet, in which recently elected Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky has an 80 percent stake, while 20 percent is owned by Czech company Omnipol.
Hungary is also buying L-39NG trainer aircraft- 12 in all, some of which will be used for reconnaissance purposes.
Featured image: illustration courtesy of Aero Vodochody