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The Czech Republic Has Taken Away the Production of its L-410 Transport Aircraft from russia

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L-410 transport aircraft  of the Czech Air Force / illustrative photo from open sources
L-410 transport aircraft of the Czech Air Force / illustrative photo from open sources

Therefore, the russians have lost one of the sources of income for the export of defense products, and will be forced to lay up three dozen of their L-410 Turbolet military transport aircrafts

On April 21, 2022, the Czech defense holding company Omnipol bought from the Russian company Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company all 100% of the shares of the Czech aircraft company Aircraft Industries, which is engaged in the production of light transport aircraft L-410. The "stimulus" for the russians to sell this company was, in particular, Western sanctions. This was reported by the press service of Omnipol itself.

Defense Express / L-410 transport aircraft of the Czech Air Force
L-410 transport aircraft of the Czech Air Force / illustrative photo from open sources

This event is undoubtedly painful for the Russian defense industry, even if it is lost in the context of more global events. The Russian Air Force has 27 L-410 military transport aircraft at once, each can take up to 1.5 tons or up to 20 people on board.

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Defense Express / Russian L-410 transport aircraft
Russian L-410 transport aircraft / illustrative photo from pre-war times

Now this air fleet is left without regular supplies of components. And this means that soon the russians will be forced to lay up all their L-410. Moreover, they have now lost one of their sources of income for defense exports.

Following the results of 9 months of 2021, the Czech Republic suddenly found itself in the top 3 buyers of products of the russian defense industry for the amount of 706 million dollars. Such statistics were published by russian news resource newizv.ru citing RBC (russian bussines consulting group). The Czech Republic allegedly needed supplies in groups 93 (weapons, ammunition) and 88 (aircraft, parts for it). And it seems that among these supplies were, in particular, spare parts for up to six L-410 aircraft, which are in the ranks of the Czech Air Force.

Defense Express / Production of L-410 aircrafts
Production of L-410 aircrafts / illustrative photo from open sources

By the way, for the world arms market there is a unique situation when one special exporter company owns two aircraft companies at once. In addition to Aircraft Industries, Omnipol also owns Aero Vodochody, a manufacturer of the L-39 family of aircraft and their modifications, including the L-39NG and L-159NG.

Defense Express / Production of L-410
Production of L-410 / illustrative photo from open sources
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