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Aero F/A-259 Striker


Light Attack Aircraft Proposal


Czechia | 2026



"The FA-259 Striker is being marketed by Aero Vodochody for the light strike role for those customers requiring a budget-friendly, all-modern solution."



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The growing global need for light attackers has spurred development of all types of low-altitude weapons delivery platforms. The F/A-259 "Striker" is one such entry, announced at Farnborough 2018. The project is a teaming of Aero Vodochody of Czechia and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) of Israel, bringing decades of defense experience to a shared design, billing F/A-259 is billed as a successor to the earlier L-159 ALCA type that failed to net any notable interest.

The F/A-259 will be used to cover a variety of roles including COunter-INsurgency (COIN), border patrol, and general attack sorties.

The new multi-role platform is being marketed with versatility and ruggedness in mind, capable of operating from forward bases from unprepared airfields and covering a plethora of over-battlefield roles. The aircraft is set to feature 4th Generation aviations along with optional AESA (Active, Electronically-Scanned Array) radar in the nose while having inherent benefits of maneuverability, range (further increased by the optional air-to-air refueling capability), and general performance for an attacker of this class. All this with the budget-conscious customer at the forefront - those requiring a lightweight, attack-minded solution at cost.

In its proposed design layout, the F/A-259 is seen with six hardpoints, three under each wing mainplane member, with a seventh positioned under fuselage centerline (presumably for a fuel tank or targeting pod). This will provide the attacker with access to a bevy of modern options including air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, rocket pods, gun pods, and jettisonable fuel tanks.

The F/A-259 continues the clean, streamlined appearance of the preceding L-159 ALCA design with its low-mounted, straight monoplane wing design, single rudder fin, and excellent look-down / all-around cockpit vision. Intakes straddle the fuselage sides and aspirate the assumed turbofan engine installation in the body. A tricycle undercarriage (wheeled and retractable) round out the obvious physical features of the aircraft.

A Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) will be an optional accessory in the cockpit for improved situational awareness. A modular approach to the cockpit will allow for some customization by the customer. A pair of oversized Mulfi-Function Displays (MFDs) will dominate the digital-centric instrument panel. Fly-by-Wire (FbW) will assist in controlling.

If the F/A-259 Striker program picks up steam, it will add an interesting option for nations looking to upgrade their attack fleet. The product will be of particular interest to those air services lacking true 4th Generation multi-role capabilities and requiring something a bit more within budget through a proven design from an long-time industry player like Aero Vodochody. The need for light attackers continues to grow as modern engagements require it.

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July 2018 - The F/A-259 Striker was unveiled at Farnborough 2018 by Aero Vodochody.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the F/A-259 Striker Light Attack Aircraft Proposal.
1 x Non-afterburning turbofan engine of unknown make, model, and thrust output.
Propulsion
587 mph
945 kph | 510 kts
Max Speed
500 mph
805 kph | 435 kts
Cruise Speed
44,291 ft
13,500 m | 8 miles
Service Ceiling
1,243 miles
2,000 km | 1,080 nm
Operational Range
15,000 ft/min
4,572 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the F/A-259 Striker Light Attack Aircraft Proposal.
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Crew
42.0 ft
12.80 m
O/A Length
32.0 ft
(9.75 m)
O/A Width
16.4 ft
(5.00 m)
O/A Height
9,921 lb
(4,500 kg)
Empty Weight
20,283 lb
(9,200 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
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Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Aero F/A-259 Striker Light Attack Aircraft Proposal provided across 7 hardpoints.
Various options depending upon mission requirements. Will include air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, precision-guided bombs, conventional drop bombs, rocket pods, cannon pods, and gun pods.

Also provision for jettisonable fuel tanks to enhance operating ranges and mission pods.


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Hardpoints Key:


Centerline
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Wing
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Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Aero F/A-259 Striker family line.
F/A-259 "Striker" - Base Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Aero F/A-259 Striker. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Aero Vodochody - Czechia / Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) - Israel


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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (587mph).

Graph Average of 563 MPH.
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ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Image of the Aero F/A-259 Striker
Image from official Aero Vodochody press release.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
GROUND ATTACK
CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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