Most recently, four modernized L-39C Albatros were delivered to the Kazakh Air Force in October 2021.
The Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan was established on May 7, 1992, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Currently, Kazakhstan is the country with the strongest military potential in Central Asia and is second only to the Russian army in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Most recently, four modernized L-39C Albatros were delivered to the Kazakh Air Force in October 2021. This promises to strengthen the Kazakh Air Force.
The overhaul also included an extensive modernization of the avionics. A government delegation from Kazakhstan has now visited the two companies and discussed in detail the deepening of this already successful cooperation. As part of the overhaul, Aero Vodochody also modernized the avionics on the Kazakh aircraft.
This modernization significantly facilitates the user’s further transition to the new L-39NG and moves the L-39 aircraft to standards that meet the training requirements for next-generation aircraft. Aero Vodochody and OMNIPOL are long-standing partners in supporting L-39 aircraft users worldwide. The L-39 is currently being upgraded in this configuration for other customers as well.
The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer developed in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody. It was designed during the 1960s as a replacement for the Aero L-29 Delfín as a principal training aircraft. It was the first trainer aircraft to be equipped with a turbofan powerplant. The type was exported to a wide range of countries as a military trainer.
The L-39 Albatros later served as the basis for the updated L-59 Super Albatros, as well as the L-139. A further development of the design, designated as the L-159 ALCA, entered production in 1997.
To date, more than 2,800 L-39s have served with over 30 air forces around the world. The Albatros is the most widely used jet trainer in the world; in addition to performing basic and advanced pilot training, it has also flown combat missions in a light-attack role.