Development and modernization of the L-159 “Honey Badger” aircraft continues

Date 8.11.2022

In parallel with the support and maintenance of the existing L-159 aircraft, Aero has been continuously working on upgrading its capabilities, with the main goal of providing a plane that will meet the demanding requirements of 5th-generation combat pilot training. The last month, after four years of intensive work, the prototype (demonstrator) L-159 T2X took off from the airport in Vodochody. It is an aircraft on which engineers are testing new avionic systems and key design elements.

The L-159 aircraft produced by Aero Vodochody is currently used by the Czech and Iraqi armies. Recently, Draken Europe has started using Czech aircraft for training purposes. Aero continues to upgrade key elements of the aircraft, known as the Honey Badger among its users for its endurance, durability, and combat capabilities. In total, Aero has produced 86 L-159s in various configurations (including conversions) to date.

After four years of development, the prototype, named L-159 T2X, once again roared over the company’s premises. Aero is testing upgraded features on this airplane. “We have developed a new wing and an integral tank that increases the range, especially for two-seat configurations. It will also allow us to increase the number of usable wing pylons. We also plan to integrate completely redesigned avionics and precision weapons technology against ground targets. With the upgrade, we want to ensure long-term and efficient use of the aircraft for our customers,” says Milos Trnobransky, chief designer of the L-39, L-59, and L-159 aircraft at Aero.

Among the advantages of the L-159 compared to its competitors are its low operating costs and ease of maintenance in daily operation. The aircraft is thus an excellent platform for advanced and combat pilot training for fourth and emerging fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The capability to operate efficiently and cost-effectively against drones, thanks to the powerful onboard radar, is proving to be a significant asset today. This is also why it was chosen by Draken Europe, which signed a cooperation agreement with Aero earlier this year in Farnborough. Draken Europe will use the L-159 as an aggressor aircraft in the training of RAF fighter pilots, including the F-35 jet fighter.

 

Photo credit: © Milan Nykodym, Czech Republic

 

Stay up to date

with the latest news from Aerospace!

Your email address will only ever be used for Newsletters campaings with the legal agreement of your Privacy Policy. You can change your email preferences or unsubscribe in every email if you no longer wish to receive emails from us.


TOP Interviews

Strategic mastery: RSBC’s acquisition of STEYR ARMS catalyzes global expansion and product synergy

Strategic mastery: RSBC’s acquisition of STEYR ARMS catalyzes global expansion and product synergy

Date 24.4.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

In a bold move that marks a significant shift in the global defense industry landscape, RSBC Investment Group has finalized the acquisition of STEYR ARMS, a prestigious Austrian firearm manufacturer with a deep-rooted history dating back to 1864. This acquisition by the Czech investment powerhouse not only broadens its defense sector footprint but also strategically […]

Petr Čepelka: Steering through the technological tides of defense

Petr Čepelka: Steering through the technological tides of defense

Date 16.4.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

  In an era where the fusion of technology and defense strategy defines the contours of global security, Major General Petr Čepelka, commander of the Czech Air Force since 01 November 2022, embodies the leadership essential for navigating this complex terrain. His foundation in Aircraft and Missile Technology, obtained from the Military Aviation College Košice […]

Ingo Gerhartz: masterminding air power in the 21st century

Ingo Gerhartz: masterminding air power in the 21st century

Date 16.4.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

The landscape of global air defense is rapidly transforming, and at the forefront of this evolution is Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz. This exclusive interview for ACE Magazine delves deep into the realms of NATO’s military prowess, the advancements of the German Air Force, and the revolutionary changes brought by emerging aerospace technologies. Through insightful queries, […]

new frontier: Commercial spaceflight and its impact

new frontier: Commercial spaceflight and its impact

Date 2.4.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

In an era where the final frontier seems closer than ever, the dialogue around space exploration is rapidly evolving. Gone are the days when space travel was the sole purview of national governments and their extensively funded agencies. Today, we stand at the precipice of a new age, one marked by the rise of commercial […]

Show more

Stay up to date

with the latest news from Aerospace!

Your email address will only ever be used for Newsletters campaings with the legal agreement of your Privacy Policy. You can change your email preferences or unsubscribe in every email if you no longer wish to receive emails from us.

More news

Trailblazing Silent Skies: Brazilian Scientists Nominated for European Inventor Award

Trailblazing Silent Skies: Brazilian Scientists Nominated for European Inventor Award

Date 17.5.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

Innovative Minds from Embraer’s Silent Aircraft Program Lead Sustainable Aviation Advances Embraer’s pioneering scientists, Micael Carmo and Fernando Catalano, have been selected as finalists for the prestigious European Inventor Award 2024. Representing the Brazilian aeronautics industry, these visionaries are recognized in the ‘Non-EPO Countries’ category by the European Patent Office (EPO) for their significant contributions […]

Ingo Gerhartz: masterminding air power in the 21st century

Ingo Gerhartz: masterminding air power in the 21st century

Date 16.4.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

The landscape of global air defense is rapidly transforming, and at the forefront of this evolution is Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz. This exclusive interview for ACE Magazine delves deep into the realms of NATO’s military prowess, the advancements of the German Air Force, and the revolutionary changes brought by emerging aerospace technologies. Through insightful queries, […]

Revolutionizing the Skies: Liebherr and LHColus Forge New Frontiers in Air Cargo

Revolutionizing the Skies: Liebherr and LHColus Forge New Frontiers in Air Cargo

Date 11.4.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

In a move that heralds a new era in air logistics, Liebherr-Aerospace Saline and Brazilian innovator LHColus have unveiled a groundbreaking partnership set to transform passenger aircraft into versatile cargo carriers. This alliance promises to inject unparalleled flexibility and efficiency into the booming air cargo sector, leveraging a unique quick conversion solution that is both […]

Vrgineers to Participate in F-35 Industrial Cooperation Project for Pilot Training

Vrgineers to Participate in F-35 Industrial Cooperation Project for Pilot Training

Date 8.4.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

Vrgineers was selected by Lockheed Martin to participate in a pilot training industrial cooperation project for the F-35 as part of the initiative to supply the Czech Republic with two squadrons of 5th Generation jet fighters. “We are honored to be part of F-35 Industrial Cooperation Programme in Czech Republic and committed to support pilot […]

new frontier: Commercial spaceflight and its impact

new frontier: Commercial spaceflight and its impact

Date 2.4.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

In an era where the final frontier seems closer than ever, the dialogue around space exploration is rapidly evolving. Gone are the days when space travel was the sole purview of national governments and their extensively funded agencies. Today, we stand at the precipice of a new age, one marked by the rise of commercial […]

Strengthening NATO’s Northern Flank: The Significance of Nordic Response 24

Strengthening NATO’s Northern Flank: The Significance of Nordic Response 24

Date 4.3.2024

fl_en|fl_cs

March 4, 2024, marks a significant advancement in NATO’s strategic posture on its northern flank, as Finland and Sweden, alongside Norway, commence the Nordic Response 24 exercises. This pivotal moment is underscored by the insights shared by Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the NATO Military Committee, at the recent Leangkollen Security Conference in Oslo, Norway. […]

Show more
Subscribe to our magazineRegister now