Jets fail due to lack of spare parts. Two-thirds of them can no longer fly
Trainer aircraft L-39, which now amount based fleet of training aircraft the Air Force of Russia, the vast majority will fail in the next 4-5 years, found "Izvestia".
This aircraft was made in Czechoslovakia fell under the program of modernization and gradually "washed out" units of study due to physical aging and lack of spare parts, according to "Izvestia" a source in the Defense Ministry.
- For L-39 did not take a radical upgrade, so how did the Yak-130. But today a contract for the Yak-130 crashed due to clashes between the MOD and the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) on the price of the machine, and the timing of large-scale deliveries of the aircraft is constantly shifting. A L-39 are written off in the meantime - the resource of these machines is actively consumed in training flights, and replacing them is not - the spokesman said the newspaper.
The problem of the L-39 is linked to its origin. Czechoslovak machine with Ukrainian engine was developed in the 1960s as the primary training aircraft for the Air Force of the Warsaw Treaty Organization (WTO). After the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, and later the Soviet Union, supplies of spare parts for these machines practically ceased.
For a long time supported the Russian Air Force fleet of L-39 by disassembling the parts of aircraft, retired to the storage, but this source is eternal, and it gradually dried up. Formally, in the Air Force today has about 300 L-39, but can rise into the air, according to some reports, no more than a third of these machines, most of them "go away" in the coming years.
Needs in today's Air Force trainer aircraft is approximately 120 cars, but today the Russian Air Force has only 10 machines Yak-130. As you know, a contract to supply 65 aircraft of this type before 2015, which was to be signed at the MAKS-2011 in August, and has not been signed - the Defense Ministry and the KLA could not agree on price.