..basing on the specs of this baby it should fit current PAF needs,..and doesnt look too expensive as same generation fighters from the US. It uses NATO weapons. But there is another debate wether RP is prepared to go-off the US military assistance.
The L159A is a single-seat light multi-role combat aircraft designed for a variety of Air-to-Air, Air-to-Ground and Reconnaissance missions. The aircraft is equipped with a state-of-the-art multi-mode radar for all-weather, day and night operations and it can carry a wide range of NATO standard stores including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and laser guided bombs. The L159A is in operational service with the Czech Air Force and in production.
L159A main features
Multi-Mode Pulse Doppler Radar
Advanced Human/Machine Interface wit Head-Up Display (HUD), Multi-Function Color Display (MFCD) and Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) controls
Avionics Integration based on MIL-STD-1553 databus
Accurate and autonomous navigation system with laser gyro based Inertial Navigation System (INS) and Global Positioning System (GPS)
Extensive in-flight recording and debriefing capability for video, audio, self-protection system, engine and aircraft parameters
On-condition maintenance and fatigue monitoring system for low operational cost and optimum use of aircraft service life
On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS), On-Board Inert Gas Generating System (OBIGGS) and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for self-contained operation with minimum support
Seven pylons for various stores
Ability to operate from semi-prepared airfields
"Best in its class" F124-GA-100 engine
Self-protection system installation and use of redundant systems for high level of survivability and flight safety
Multi Mission Flexibility in a Single Airframe
Close Air Support
Air Defence Counter Insurgency
Main Operational Benefits of the L159 Design
Modular and adaptive design satisfying various customer requirements
Wide range of NATO compatible stores
Superior handling qualities and high trust-to weight ratio
Advanced Human-Machine Interface
State-of-the-art systems and equipment
Data loading and recording systems support effective mission planning and debriefing
Ability to operate from semi-prepared airfields
Low acquisition and operational costs
L159A Basic Data
31 ft 3 in
41 ft 8 in
Max ramp weight
Max fuel weight
Max external stores
Max level speed at S/L
One 28 kN (6,300 lbst)
Military Turbofan Engine
Design load factor:
Max structural limit
The L159A is powered by the Honeywell/ITEC F124-GA-100 engine, clearly the "Best in Class". The F124 is a two-shaft, non-afterburning turbofan engine of modular design with three stage LP axial compressor. HP compressor has four axial stages followed by one centrifugal.
High thrust-to-weight ratio provides the aircraft with superior performance and maneuverability. The engine is controlled by dual Full Authority Digital Electronics Control (FADEC) which automatically limits critical engine parameters and offers the pilot "unrestricted throttle movement" together with fast transient time and surge protection. Low engine bypass ratio results in better altitude lapse rate and superior Mach number performance. Modular design of the engine consists of seven basic modules. It provides complete interchangeability between engines that reduces spare count and simplifies maintenance.
Engine Monitoring System
An engine monitoring system (EMS) is embedded in the FADEC to provide data for life management, hardware tracking, and performance trend monitoring. Through computer-aided maintenance EMS reduces engine life cycle and support costs.
Secondary Power System
The secondary power system consists of a SAFIR 5F Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for ground and in-flight engine start-up. APU also provides emergency hydraulic power for flight control system and drives standby electrical generator.
(Sea level, static, 15°C/59F)
Qualification MIL-E-87231 and MIL-STD-1783
Overall Pressure Ratio
Advanced Crew Station
The L159A crew station employs advanced integrated displays and controls providing pilot with exceptional level of situational awareness.
Advanced Cockpit Configuration
Stroke and raster capable Head-Up Display is the primary flight instrument and weapon aiming system in the cockpit.
Multifunction Colour Displays provide tactical and navigation information and weapon system status.
Hands-On-Throttle-and-Stick (HOTAS) concept enables pilot to control the aircraft without removing hands from either throttle, or the stick.
Communication, Navigation and Identification Equipment
Dual VHF/UHF radios
Ring Laser Gyro with embedded GPS
Air Data Computer
DME and VOR/ILS
Advanced Avionics System
The L159’s avionics system meets multimission requirements and provides capabilities comparable to latest front-line fighters and attack aircraft. The basic system performs following functions:
Controls and Displays
Communication, Navigation and Identification
Data Loading and Recording
System can be offered with several capability levels reflecting specific customer needs.
The L159A version is equipped with FIAR GRIFO L Multi-Mode Pulse Doppler Radar that very effectively enables to engage targets at very long ranges.
Radar Operational Modes
Track While Scan
Up to 8 targets tracking
9 Ground and Sea Modes
The L159A – Compatibility with Wide Range of Stores
Stores Management System
Wide range of NATO standard weapons including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles
The L159A also has provisions for future addition of new weapons including medium range air-to-air missiles, special pods for ECM, reconnaissance, night navigation and targeting.
Weapons and Stores
Survivability Enhancement and Self - Protection Equipment
The self-protection system is an open modular and can be upgraded or simplified according to customer operational and training needs. Small size and very low infra red signature of aircraft reduce probability of detection.
Radar Warning Receiver
Countermeasures Dispensing System
Cockpit Composite/Ceramic Ballistic Protection
Fuel Tanks Inerting System (OBIGGS)
Provision for ECM Pod
The L159 aircraft escape system is an integrated system which allows safe escape at altitudes and speeds within the aircraft flight envelope including zero height and zero speed. The L159 escape system comprises lightweight fully automatic VS-2C ejection seat and a canopy jettison system.
Aircraft Monitoring System
The L159A aircraft is equipped with Aircraft Monitoring System (AMOS). The system consists of on-board and ground equipment for performing the following tasks
Collecting, processing and recording information on aircraft systems and flight loads
Automated data retrieval
Tracing the aircraft operation in accordance with airframe fatigue (Fatigue Monitoring System)
Flight incidence recording (crash recorder)
Automated data transfer to the aircraft maintenance management system
Mission Planning, Debriefing and Data Transfer Aids
Dual channel video recording
Data Transfer System
AMOS debriefing capability
Optional RWR recording capability
Integrated Autopilot and Yaw Damper provides following modes
The L159 aircraft is designed for high reliability and short Mean Time of Technical Repair (MTTR) The L 159 concept enables:
Two or Three level Maintenance Concept according to customer requirements
Fault identification and analysis by the means of Built-In Test Equipment
Very simple pre-flight, turn-around and post-flight servicing with no requirement for special tools or equipment.
The lowest maintenance costs in its category due to high reliability
Capability of autonomous operation from remote airfields
Life Time Logistic Support
Logistic Support Analysis in accordance with MIL-STD-1388-1A/2B
Computer based training aids
Complete range of conversion-to-type maintenance training
Recommendations are provided for repair facilities following a site survey
Complete set of GSE includes test equipment, tools and base equipment
27.4.2006 NIGERIAN DELEGATION VISITED AERO
21.4.2006 NEW GALVANIC SHOP STARTS OPERATION
20.4.2006 ALEŠ CINCIBUS RESIGNED FROM THE SUPERVISORY BOARD
19.4.2006 AERO AT EXHIBITIONS AND AIR SHOWS IN 2006
17.4.2006 AERO OBTAINED SECOND NADCAP CERTIFICATE
5.4.2006 APRIL 5, 1959: L-29 DELFIN MAIDEN FLIGHT