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F/A-259 Striker

F/A-259 Striker Aero, the biggest Czech aircraft manufacturer, and Israel Aerospace Industries, world leader in defense systems technologies, introduced cost-effective, combat proven fighter attack aircraft at Farnborough, United Kingdom 18 July 2018. The F/A-259 Striker is a multirole aircraft for close air support, counter-insurgency operations and border patrolling with interception capabilities.

The Striker is heavily based on the L159 which Aero offers in two new versions, the New Generation (NG) aimed at training, and the F/A-259 which becomes a single-seat aircraft developed for air-to-ground missions. The F/A-259 Striker combines the robustness and effectiveness of its successful predecessor, the L-159 Alca, with the latest advances in avionics and aircraft systems technology. Using benefits of a wet wing, F/A-259 Striker provides superior performance, great maneuverability, and a high range. While avionic has been completely changed, the aerostructure maintains a 90 per cent commonality with the original aircraft.

Giuseppe Giordo, the President and CEO of Aero, said: “Nowadays, national air forces are looking for a solution how to fulfill a great variety of missions in an affordable way, while keeping high survivability of the aircraft and its crew. Aero and IAI are introducing a multirole fighter F/A-259 Striker with a wide range of combat capabilities that meet those needs of Air Forces all around the world by bringing great performance with low acquisition, operation and maintenance cost.” Giuseppe Giordo added: “There are not so many aircraft on the market providing such capabilities, because it is a new requirement.”

Benjamin Cohen, General Manager of Israel Aerospace Industries’ Lahav Division, said: “Our cooperation with Aero Vodochody offers the USAF impressive proven performance of the F/A-259, with new innovative IAI systems, to provide customers with aircraft that meet their OA-X requirements."

The F/A-259 is able to operate from unpaved runways and has seven hard points for any combination of fuel, weapons, or mission equipment, allowing smart weapons integration and standoff weapon capabilities. As an optional upgrade, the F/A-259 can be equipped by EASA radar and helmet mounted display. Another optional upgrade is air-to-air refueling, increasing the aircraft’s range and endurance.

Advance 4th generation avionics for the F/A-259 Striker has an open architecture concept, allowing future updates based on customer’s requirements and use of Real Time Data Link, supporting a high situational awareness capability. The advanced digital cockpit is equipped by two large multifunctional displays, electronic flight instrument system, and other features.

“We consider a global market of 350 aircraft of this class,” Giordo said, “and we think we can get around 200 of them.” Asked about the development roadmap, Aero CEO said that “it will be compatible with the US OA-X programme,” an open competition being awaited by year end. Aero considers that its aircraft can offer superior performances at a similar price of high-end turboprops, and that a higher speed is key when supporting Special Forces. The L159 did not take part in the OA-X flight demonstration in July-September 2017

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