Tue, Nov 01, 2005
Live Firings Cap Three-Year Program
Last week, AERO
Vodochody a.s. completed the final tests of a significantly
upgraded version of its Czech VS-2 ejection seat by conducting two
live ejections over Sazena airfield.
The ejections, which took place in flight October 28 using a
modified L159B aircraft, put an end to a three-year joint
development project between the Czech manufacturer and VZLU --
Aeronautical Research and Test Institute. The program also included
several ground firings.
"By finishing the tests, we are closing the last stage of the VS
Upgrade Development Project," said AERO Conceptual Design Manager
Petr Raska in a company release. "I do not see the success only in
gaining a new top-class product comparable with current world
trade, which increases technical quality and the quality of AERO
military aircraft and indirectly also their sale potential."
Raska added, "The VS Upgrade Project represented a pilot project
utilizing special-purpose support to research and development form
the state budget via the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO). By
successful completion of this Project, AERO proved meaningfulness
and effectiveness of MPO grant projects for further development of
Czech aircraft industry."
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