L-159B Albatros II Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004 Total Production: 28 Also Known As:L-159BAT Origin:Czechia Corporations: AERO Vodochody a.s.
Parent System:L-39 Albatros Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1972 Total Production: 1,724 Family Members:L-159A ALCA and L-39 Albatros
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Description: L-39 Albatros is a single-engine, twin-seat, advanced trainer developed as a replacement for L-29 Delfin. It can be powered by either AI-25 (3,972-lb of thrust) or DV-2 (4,850-lb of thrust) turbofan engine. TFE731 turbofan was provided to L-139 Albatros 2000 demonstrator. L-59 variant is powered by DV-2 turbofan engine. The other variants of L-39 differ in the other key areas such avionics, wing configuration, reinforced carriage, etc. L-39ZO and L-39ZA offer a secondary ground attack capability.
L-159 is an improved variant adding western technology, avionics and weapons to the L-39 Albatros aircraft. It is powered by a Honeywell F124-GA-100 turbofan engine rated at 6,300 pounds of thrust. L-159B is a two-seat derivative of L-159A aircraft. It provides training and light ground attack as secondary capability. L-159B entered service in 2004.
L-159BAT (B from A for training) is a converted single-seat L-159A aircraft into a twin-seat L-159B trainer. In late 2005 the Czech Ministry of Defense ordered four L-159BAT aircraft.
L-159B Albatros II Specifications
Number of Engines: 1 Dimensions Height: 4.87 meter (16.0 foot)
Length: 12.7 meter (42 foot)
Wingspan: 9.54 meter (31.3 foot) Speed Top Speed at High Altitude: 260 mps (936 kph) Weight Empty Weight: 4,350 kilogram (9,590 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 6,300 pound (2,858 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 8,000 kilogram (17,637 pound)
Payload: 2,700 kilogram (5,952 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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