The Hungarian government decided to buy 12 new fighter jets for the Hungarian Defence Forces. Gáspár Maróth, the government commissioner responsible for defence developments, said they would purchase L-39NG jets to fulfil training and intelligence missions.
According to portfolio.hu, the manufacturer of the jets is the Czech Aero Vodochody, which has been in Hungarian majority ownership since 2021. Eight of the twelve fighters will help pilot training, while the remaining four will go on intelligence missions.
The manufacturing of the jets will be carried out in the framework of a Hungarian-Czech joint development project.
The ordered planes will arrive in Hungary in 2024.
Portfolio wrote that experts expected this bargain because Hungarian pilots tested the jets before, and the Aero Vodochody company is in Hungarian majority ownership.
The L-39NG is the developed version of one of the world’s well-known training jets, the L-39. The latter was used in every country of the Soviet bloc. The famous Czech company made 3,000 planes altogether. Even Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest person, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX, flew with one. Western media outlets regularly referred to the L-39 as “Soviet fighter jets”, but they were wrong.
The L-39NG is still the main product of the Czech factory. It has two types. Stage 1 is a modernised, reshaped L-39, while the newer version, Stage 2, is a completely new plane. Of course, Hungary will buy 12 Stage 2 jets.
Designed for the pilots of 4th and 5th generation fighters, L-39NG can take the beating. Some sources say it can fly for more than 15 thousand hours. Its engine is a Williams International FJ44-4M, and its
final speed is 775 km/h at the altitude of 6,000 metres. However, it is still able to function at an 11.5 km height. Its range is 2,600 kilometres, and it can carry air-to-air missiles, as well as air-to-earth ones, bombs or guns.
It is not yet known what modifications Hungary will order. But portfolio.hu highlights that Hungary will probably be the first to use these jets on intelligence missions.
Here is a video about the jets Hungary wants to buy:
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Source: portfolio.hu, Facebook
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