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L-39ZA
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Type Light Attack Jet
Seats 1 seat:
  • 1× Pilot
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 749 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 9,756 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× GSh-23L 23 mm
  • 2× S-5 Rocket Pods
Secondary armament None
Variants L-39C
Games
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The L-39ZA is a light attack jet exclusively used by the Takistani Army in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Close air support
« The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer aircraft. It was developed in Czechoslovakia and was widely used for pilot training all over the world.
This L-39ZA version is armed with a GS-23L 23mm twin barrel automated cannon and S-5 unguided missiles.
Armoury Description
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Design

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This is a premium asset that requires ownership of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.


The L-39ZA is a single engine, low-wing jet-powered light attack aircraft with trapezoidal wings. It is mainly designed for training purposes, but is capable of ground attack duties as well.

Armament
By default, the L-39ZA is armed with a 23 mm cannon that is loaded with 150 rounds of high-explosive (HE) ammunition. It is also fitted with a 57 mm rocket pod under each wing which have 64 rockets loaded in total (32 per pod).

Features
Intended for use as a jet trainer, the L-39ZA was adopted by the Takistani Army for use as a light attack jet instead, complementing the heavier but slower Su-25 in the close air support role. It is designed with simplicity in mind and lacks the need for extended maintenance like other advanced aircraft.

Mobility
Aerodynamically, the L-39ZA is quite agile and is able to perform sharp mid-air turns without much loss in power. While accelerating at full speed, it can attain its upper airspeed limit of 750 km/h (under ideal circumstances) in roughly twenty seconds, and does not need to be flying in a straight line to maintain this speed like the more cumbersome Su-25.

Drawbacks
This performance does come at a cost however, as the L-39ZA has very low armour compared to the Su-25. It also cannot carry any air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles or iron bombs, which restricts it to performing strafing runs with its cannon and rockets only.

With no defensive avionics whatsoever, the L-39ZA is also completely vulnerable to anti-air missiles. Needless to say, the L-39ZA works best alongside the Su-25; with the latter taking out heavier ground threats with its ATGMs while the former cleans up any remaining threats with rocket fire.

Crew Capacity
The L-39ZA has a maximum seating capacity of one. It cannot transport any passengers or additional crew.

Variants

L-39C

Main article: L-39C

Protection

The L-39ZA has a base armour value of 60.

Hull

The L-39ZA's hull can only withstand 60 points of damage. Depletion of the hull's integrity will instantly result in a total loss.

Armament

The pilot solely controls all weapon systems on the jet:

GSh-23L

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Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
45 -0.000824 830

23 mm autocannon. Fires hybrid HE/AP-type shells that are useful for unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles and low-flying helicopters.

Shells are always fired in bursts of 2. It can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 1,500 rounds per minute and has a muzzle velocity of 830 m/s. At distances of approximately 1,250 metres, the GSh-23L has a dispersion spread of 0.0006 rad.

S-5

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 150 580

Unguided air-to-ground rockets. Strong against groups of infantry and unarmoured ground vehicles.

Rockets are always fired in pairs. The pods have a firing delay of 0.08 seconds in-between volleys (750 RPM) and are launched with an initial velocity of 44 m/s. They take a further 1.1 seconds to reach a top speed of 580 m/s in mid-flight.

The warheads are high-explosive (HE) based and have a blast radius of 12 metres.

Avionics

MAWS

The L-39ZA does not have a Missile Approach Warning System and will not warn the pilot of incoming missiles already in mid-flight.

RWR

The L-39ZA does not possess a Radar Warning Receiver and cannot alert the pilot of being locked-onto by radar-based targeting systems.

IWR

The L-39ZA lacks an Infrared Warning Receiver, and will not warn the pilot of being targeted by infrared-based weapon systems.

Trivia

  • Oddly enough, the L-39ZA's cockpit uses a tandem seating arrangement like its real-world counterpart but cannot actually carry a co-pilot in-game.
    • Given that the canopy for both positions will open and close whenever the aircraft is entered/exited, it's not known whether this was intended by design or is simply an oversight.

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See also

Variants

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration

Vehicles of ArmA 2
Wheeled 9P117 SCUD-BATVBRDM-2* • BTR-40BTR-60BTR-90BM-21 Grad* • BusCarDingo 2 CZHatchbackHMMWV* • GAZJackal 2 MWMIKKamazLada* • LAV-25Military OffroadMotorcycle* (Old moto) • Mountain bike (Old bike) • MTVR* • Offroad* • Pandur II 8x8 CZPickup* • RM-70S1203SedanStryker (MGS) • SUV (Armored SUV) • T810TractorTouring CarTowing TractorUAZ-469* • Ural* • V3S* • Vodnik
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaAAVP-7A1BMP-2BMP-3BVP-1FV510 WarriorM1 Abrams* (M1A2 TUSK*) • M113M2 BradleyM270 MLRS* • T-34* • T-55T-72* (T-72M4 CZ) • T-90ZSU-23-4*
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-11 WildcatAH-64D* (AH-1) • CH-47F Chinook (Chinook HC4) • Ka-52Ka-60Ka-137Merlin HC3MH-6J Little BirdMi-8MTV-3* (Mi-17*) • Mi-24P (Mi-24D*, Mi-24V*) • UH-1Y (UH-1H) • UH-60 Black Hawk (MH-60S)
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt II* • An-2AV-8B HarrierC-130J Hercules* • F-35 Lightning IIL-159 ALCAL-39ZA (L-39C) • MQ-9 Reaper* • MV-22 OspreyPchela-1TSu-39 (Su-25*) • Su-34
Aquatic CRRCFishing BoatPBXRHIBSmall Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-takistaniarmy.png Takistani Army - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled 9P117 SCUD-BBM-21 GradBTR-60BRDM-2Military OffroadMotorcycleSUVUAZ-469UralV3S
Tracked BMP-2BVP-1M113T-34T-55T-72ZSU-23-4
Rotor-wing Mi-8Mi-24DUH-1H
Fixed-wing An-2L-39ZASu-25
Operation Arrowhead | Army of the Czech Republic
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