Let Kunovice

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Civilian Let L-410UVP-E at the Góraszka International Airshow, Poland

Aircraft Industries, a.s.,[1] operating as Let Kunovice, is a Czech (formerly Czechoslovak) civil aircraft manufacturer. Its most successful design has been the L-410 Turbolet, of which more than 1000 units have been built. Its head office is in Kunovice, Uherské Hradiště District.[1]

The company is owned by Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, which is owned by Russian businessman and philanthropist Iskander Makhmudov.[2]

History[edit]

Building of an aircraft factory in Kunovice started in 1936, as a part of the Škoda Works industrial concern. Before and during World War II the unfinished plant served only as a repair works. After the end of the war the factory was nationalized and in 1950-53 a new plant was built. In 1957-1967 it was named SPP (Strojírny první pětiletky - "Works of the First Five-year Plan"), and in 1967 it returned to the name LET. The works produced under licence were the Soviet trainers Yakovlev Yak-11 (under a designation C-11) and the Aero Ae 45 and Aero Ae 145 utility aircraft.

In 1957 the company began to develop the L-200 Morava light utility aircraft and four years later the Z-37 Cmelak agricultural aircraft, which were both a commercial success. For a period of time LET also produced a jet training aircraft the L-29.

Over the years LET developed and produced gliders–Zlín Z 22, Z 124 Galánka, LF 109 Pioneer, Z 425 Šohaj. However the most popular gliders produced by LET are the Blaníks–L-13 Blaník, L-23 Super Blaník and L-33 Solo.

During the 1960s LET’s engineers developed a 19 seat commuter turboprop – the L-410 Turbolet, of which more than 1100 were produced. This popular aircraft went through a number of improvements and modernisations and the latest types, the L 410 UVP-E20 and L 420 are EASA and FAA certified respectively. [3]

L 610 aircraft

The Let L-610 was produced in a prototype form and displayed at the Paris Airshow. Production was cancelled due to lack of funding,[citation needed] and in October 2007 all but one of the working prototypes were destroyed in the factory to prevent their use.[citation needed]

The all-metal Blaník sailplane was produced in the largest quantities of any sailplane, with over 3000 manufactured since the first rolled off the production line in 1958. In 2005 it was still in production as the L23 Super Blaník variant.

51% of the company's shares was purchased by UGMK in 2008; UAC has shown interest in acquiring the control of the company, as well.[4]

Aircraft[edit]

Gliders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Contacts." Let Kunovice. Retrieved on 19 May 2011. "Aircraft Industries, a.s. Na Záhonech 1177 686 04 Kunovice Czech Republic" - Address in Czech: "Aircraft Industries, a.s. Na Záhonech 1177 686 04 Kunovice Česká republika"
  2. ^ "Russian army to possibly place order for aircraft with Czech manufacturer", BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 5 Nov 2012. (Retrieved via Lexis Nexis).
  3. ^ Zmizí značka Czech Made z oblohy? | TECHNIK.IHNED.CZ - Stroje a nástroje, nové technologie
  4. ^ "Russia’s OAK Poised to Acquire LET Kunovice". InvestIQ. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

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