The Senegalese Air Force has just acquired four Aero Vodochody L-39NG Albatross fighter trainer jets.
Exchanging compliments with Republic of Senegal: MOD Augustin Tine (middle), @GiuseppeGiordo President of @AERO_Vodochody (left), @VenanzettiMarco vicepresident of Aero for #L39NG project (right). pic.twitter.com/RK5Rf1RtU3
— AERO Vodochody (@AERO_Vodochody) April 5, 2018
As of 2017, the Senegalese Air Force is quite small with just one thousand personnel with few other aircraft and helicopters like the Russian made Mil Mi-35, Mil Mi-2 / Mi-17 / Mi-35 / Eurocopter AS355 / Bell 206, Aerospatiale Epsilon and Embraer Super Tucano for training purposes.
The Aero L-39 Albatros was designed to succeed the Aero L-29 Advanced Trainer and Light Strike Aircraft. The L-39NG advanced trained has completed initial testing, paving the way for serial production aircraft. Power will come from the Williams International FJ44-4M series engine with Genesys Aerosystems providing the avionics fit.