OMNIPOL will export 12 L-39NG jets to Vietnam

February 15, 2021 - OMNIPOL, a.s. and the Ministry of Defence of Vietnam have signed a contract for the supply of twelve L-39NG Jet Trainers.

The aircraft, manufactured by Aero Vodochody AEROSPACE will be delivered during the period 2023 to 2024.

The contract includes the acquisition of 12 L-39NG aircraft, plus the training of pilots, instructors, ground crew and mechanics. Also included will be the supply of aircraft spare parts, as well as the supply of equipment for ground-based training, logistics support or specialized airport systems. This will give the Customer the capability of complete pilot and ground crew training.

This is one of the largest Czech defence industry contracts in recent years, in the hi-tech sector of military aviation. The world-famous Czech tradition in the military aviation industry continues with the new L-39NG aircraft. Due to the involvement of many other Czech companies this project is, therefore, very important for the entire Czech Defence Industry.

Jiří Podpěra, President of OMNIPOL commented on future cooperation: "We are proud to announce this crucial and strategic cooperation, which is an important milestone for the L-39NG project. The combination of a modern L-39NG training aircraft and the high professionalism of the Vietnam Air Force brings about the deepening and mutual development of relations between the Czech Republic and Vietnam."

This contract builds on the historically successful deliveries, to Vietnam, during the 1970’s and 80’s, of other Czech aircraft, namely, the Zlín Z-226, AERO AE 45 and the very famous L-39 Albatros aircraft. A total of 31 L-39s were delivered to Vietnam via OMNIPOL and their main purpose was to train new cadets.

The L39’s are highly valued by Customers around the world, for their robustness, high-quality workmanship and simplicity of maintenance. Consequently, positive, and proven experience with Czech aircraft, especially being able to operate in harsh climatic conditions, is an important criterion for the purchase of the L-39NG by the Vietnam Air Defence - Air Force.

OMNIPOL is building on a very successful past reputation in the area of military aircraft exports, having been responsible for exporting, around the world, more than 2800 L-39 Aircraft.

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OMNIPOL is headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, is an investment and trading group with more than eighty-five years of experience in both the domestic international markets. The company provides cutting-edge solutions for the defence and security sectors. OMNIPOL is the owner of very well-known subsidiaries namely ERA and MESIT. The OMNIPOL Group of companies all have advanced technologies, which mainly focus on military and civil aircraft, passive systems for monitoring air, land and naval targets, military communications, aircraft instruments and precision engineering production, including its own foundry together with galvanic processes. They also deal with related software products, but also cybersecurity, both for the military and civilian sectors. The entire OMNIPOL Group employs more than 1,400 professionals, of which over 200 employees are involved in research and development of new products.


The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective light jet capable to serve in a role of light attack and/or unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39 with optimized features to reduce resistance and increase efficiency and 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. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies, including the integration into high-tech tactical simulation centres with the goal to increase training efficiency.

The Vietnam Air Defence - Air Force

The Vietnamese People’s Air Force has more than 60 years of history and tradition, gained through vast experience through local conflicts, including an armed conflict with the United States of America from 1955 to 1975, the war against the Khmer Rouge during 1978–1979 and the war against Chiness aggression during 1979-1986. In view of the above experience and the wide range of aircraft used (e.g. L-39, MIG-15, MIG-17, MIG-21), they have built a strong and respected position within the ASEAN region.


AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design, manufacturing maintenance, overhaul and upgrade of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and with history since 1919, making it one of the oldest aerospace companies in the world. 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 track record of 11,000 aircraft produced over the last 100 years, a broad coverage of dozens of military operators and demo teams, a huge existing fleet of L-39 Albatrosses and with a brand-new aircraft, the L-39NG now, Aero is maintaining its positioning as one of the leaders in the jet training market.

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