Aero Vodochody has set out its stall to offer either its L-39 Next- Generation or an upgraded L-159 for the US military’s light attack needs. Is the US ready to take such an offer seriously?

The first L-39CW flies with an L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft). All photos Aero Vodochody

AERO VODOCHODY AND Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have joined forces to offer ‘a family of aircraft’ for the US Air Force’s potential OA-X light attack program. The companies announced their interest in entering this market in June as Giuseppe Giordo, Aero Vodochody president and CEO, told reporters, ‘Together with IAI, Aero is ready to offer the USAF a multi-mission aircraft with the best available technology today, with potential for growth tomorrow. Our two non-developmental solutions offer the [US] air force a real choice of lowrisk, low-cost solutions, in aircraft flying with coalition partners today.’

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