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CZECHOSLOVAK 9 AIRCRAFT WILL BE SOVIET BLOC JET TRAINER
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Office of Research and Reports
CZECHOSLOVAK9 AIRCRAFT WILL lit: SOVIET BLOC JET TRAINER
Recent evidence shows that the9 will be the standard jet trainer aircraft for the Soviet Bloc. 4 issue of Kridlazechoslovak biweekly magazine devoted to aviation and space,ersonal letter sent to itsstaff by Vladimiremberechnical service team that was sent to the USSR to service theartial translation follows:
anted to writeong letter about my impressions from Ivano Trankovskam sending several photographs, from which you will learn much more. Two years ago three types of two-seat jet trainer airplanes were tested in the Soviet Union (the Soviet Yak, the Polish Hiskra, and;9 was best. The decision was made to use9 for training CEMA military pilots. This was perhaps an even greater honor than that given to ourMorava" airplanes ofre still flying for Aeroflot. The consignments, however, will exceed this number many times, and we cannot discount the interest other nations will show for our product. The world market has very few planes which measure up to the quality of
The first tens of these planes began arriving in the USSR at the end of last May. It became imperative to set up service stations and to recruit, in the shortestufficient number of technical experts to properly services and to move the personnel wilh their families to the receiving Stations at Ivanoirfield] in the USSR.
It was known that thereompetition among the Soviet Magnumantishe Polish Iskrandet trainers, but it was not clear which trainer had been selected. Il now is apparent that neither the Magnum/Mantis nor the Iskra will enter series production and that9 will serve as the
jet trainer aircraft for the Soviet Bloc. The' letter also indicates that there will be large numbers of these aircraft delivered to the USSR and reveals thai deliveries began inhich is earlier than had been estimated.
One photograph accompanying the letter showsircraft carrying Soviet markings lined up on Ivano Trankovska airfield. wo-seat jet trainer with the following specifications: wing span, II meters; length. 5 meters;eters; emptyetric tons; maximum night weight, etric tons; maximum speed,ilometers per hour; maximum altitude, ilometers; and maximum time in flight,ours. 9 has been seenin Czechoslovakia. East Germany, and the USSR-
It is estimated that9 is being produced at the rate ofei month and that, as of the end ofad been produced.