Trainers with teeth

Alan Warnes considers the role of the light combat aircraft and assesses those available today.

Intel Report

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A Czech Air Force L-159 ALCA in formation with the company’s L-39CW demonstrator. The former is in frontline service with the Czech Republic and Iraq, while the latter allies the Cold War-era L-39 Albatros with new avionics and an FJ44-4M engine.
Aero Vodochody/Katsuhiko Tokunaga

Boeing, in partnership with Saab, has won the US Air Force’s $9.2bn T-X trainer contract – and it’s almost certain the deal will lead to more than the initial 351 jets required.

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