Vietnam orders 12 L-39NGs

The Ministry of Defence of Vietnam has signed a contract with Czech Republic-based Omnipol for the supply of 12 Aero Vodochody L-39NG jet trainers, which will be employed by the Vietnam People’s Air Force.

The order was announced on February 15 by Omnipol, which acquired Aero Vodochody in a joint venture with Hungarian businessman Andras Tombor on June 11, 2020. Deliveries of the 12 L-39NGs are scheduled to take place between 2023 and 2024.

L-39NG [Aero Vodochody]
The L-39NG is still in the development stage. Seen here is the first prototype during a flight test from the Aero Vodochody factory airfield. Aero Vodochody

The contract also includes the training of Vietnamese pilots, instructors, ground crew and mechanics. It also includes the supply of aircraft spares and provides equipment for ground-based training, logistics support or specialised airport systems. The deal is one of the largest Czech defence industry contracts in recent years.

Vietnam is no stranger to the L-39, as 31 examples of the L-39C Albatros have previously been delivered to the Vietnam People’s Air Force. AirForces Intelligence data states that, as of March 22, 2021 – more than 15 examples of the L-39C remain operational with the service. The survivors are operated by the 910 ‘Julius Fucík’ Pilot Training Regiment at Dong Tac Air Base in Vietnam’s Phú Yên province.