Aero and RSW Aviation agreed on a strategic cooperation on the L-39NG/CW Program

Farnborough, United Kingdom – AERO Vodochody, a leading Czech aerospace company and one of the biggest light jets manufacturer in the world, and RSW Aviation, a one of the top military training providers in the United States covering training for military forces worldwide from ab initio to operationally qualified stage, signed today a Letter of Intent for delivery of 12 L-39NG Aircraft and also additionally upgrade of 6 legacy L-39 into the L-39CW variant allowing rapid introduction of the L-39CW/NG into service with RSW.

The combination of the modern L-39NG training aircraft and the innovative and customer needs´ oriented approach of RSW, brings to the market an unparalleled opportunity for the training of modern air forces. The
L-39NG/CW fleet will be made available by RSW for various customers in its US based training academy allowing training from ab initio stage up to the operational clearance level. The L-39NG is being certified using the European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) and thus brings a true compatibility and interoperability within EU and NATO operators avoiding any additional certification and cross-border processes. The L-39NG fleet LoI includes a set of state of the art simulators and debriefing devices for effective training and learning process.

The AERO-RSW cooperation is a key element of AERO’s global strategy for cooperation with other selected partners offering unprecedented availability of jet training to any Air Force in the world who want the latest platforms but are facing cost restraints. Aero and RSW furthermore agreed on implementation of unique RSW and its affiliate companies skills in terms of military systems integration into the L-39NG/CW fleet. For overseas customers RSW will be also authorized to perform an operational support of their L-39NG fleets.

Giuseppe Giordo, President & CEO of AERO, said: “Today represents a significant milestone for AERO, because through this LoI, we are developing a strategic partnership with RSW. Through this partnership, we will be delivering to RSW 12 L-39NG but also 6 L-39CW, increasing the production backlog of AERO up to 38 new aircraft.”  Giuseppe Giordo commented the cooperation with RSW Aviation as a new era of the jet training, as the RSW unique fleet composition including piston and turboprop aircraft with similar avionics concept allows to the operators to select an ideal mix of flight training with experienced USAF and USMC instructors for gaining maximum knowledge and expertise within reasonable budget. “We have identified a lot of synergies between the RSW customer oriented approach and the capabilities of L-39NG and are proud that RSW selected the L-39NG as a corner-stone of its lead-in training capability,” add Giuseppe Giordo.

David Patrick, Chief Operating Officer of RSW states that the L-39NG compliments the RSW Shorts Tucano very well, yielding a very compelling pilot training solution to their customers. “The addition of the L-39NG further solidifies our ability to prepare a fighter pilot for a 4th+ generation fighter aircraft with exceptional value.”

 L-39CW/ L-39NG

The L-39CW Aircraft is a combination existing L-39C aircraft with a new FJ44-4M Williams International Engine and Genesys Aerosystems Avionics. The L-39CW provides an immediate solution for current operators by upgrading existing platforms until L-39NG Aircraft are delivered. The L-39NG aircraft is a brand new jet training aircraft with light-attack capabilities designed as a unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39, but utilizes the latest technologies and equipment. Power is provided by the modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service to ensure unprecedented airworthiness and predictable maintenance costs. The aircraft’s avionics are prepared to train future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer’s requirements. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard-points for weapons. A strategic partner in the L-39NG project is Czech company Omnipol. For more information, visit


AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design and manufacturing of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aerospace companies worldwide. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world’s air forces and it has a strong position on the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With a huge existing fleet of L-39 and with a brand new aircraft, L-39NG, Aero is positioning itself as a leader in the jet training market. In the field of civil aviation, Aero partners with many of the world’s largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects.  More recently, Aero became a full partner in several risk-sharing programs, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for development.

RSW Aviation

RSW Aviation LLC provides world class CONUS and OCONUS, full service military pilot training and aircraft maintenance. With a fleet of L-39s, Shorts Tucano, Cessna 172, Bell 206 and King Air aircraft along with infrastructure and support in the United States, RSW provides unparalleled military pilot training at exceptional value. The key to RSW Aviation’s success is a deep focus on tailored solutions as it pertains to training and contracting.  RSW Aviation LLC offers both long term and short term (augmentation) training solutions specific for each customer.


OMNIPOL a.s. is a Czech investment and defence company and long-term partner of AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE  with a long tradition since 1934, which  was accountable for exporting more than 2700 units of the L-39 aircraft worldwide (more than 600 L-39 aircrafts are still in operation).

OMNIPOL also invest in perspective domestic companies and defence programmes with high technical and export potential. The OMNIPOL Group currently includes among others the companies ERA a.s. and MESIT holding, a.s. as well as a bunch of their subsidiaries.

Tobiáš Tvrdík, PR manager

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