The twin-crew, tandem-seat Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer, reconnaissance and light-attack aircraft developed in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody. The most accurate computer simulation of this aircraft ever created, the DCS: L-39C gives pilots a first-rate basic and advanced all-weather day and night training in both visual and instrument flying.
The other variant available in DCS, the L-39ZA is a nimble and effective combat aircraft that has served widely in the air-to-air and ground attack roles. Armed with a GSh-23 23 mm twin autocannon, the L-39ZA is also able to carry up to 1100 kg of stores on four external hardpoints. These include FAB-100/100 kg LDGP bombs; UB-16UM rocket pods with 16 S-5KO 57 mm HEAT/Frag rockets apiece; and up to four triple-barrel PK-3 7.62 mm machine gun pods. The L-39ZA can also carry two R-60 IR homing missiles in the air intercept role.
The L-39 was the first second-generation jet trainer to be equipped with a turbofan power plant. The Ivchenko Al-25TL engine produces 1,720 kgf (3,800 lbf) thrust on take off and gives the Albatros a top speed of approx 600 mph/965 kph in level flight.
An instant hit, the L-39 was produced from 1971 to 1996 and widely exported as a military trainer and light combat aircraft. More than 2,800 L-39s have served with over 30 air forces around the world. Both DCS: L-39 Albatros variants are great fun to fly; the L-39ZA is especially useful for honing your rocket and gunnery skills.