Valmet Oy was shortened title from 1958 of state-owned group (Valtion Metallitehtaat Lentokonetehdas, q.v.) consisting of several metalworking factories. Kuoreveden Tehdas (Kuorevesi Works) was formerly part of factory group Valmet Oy Tampere, from which it separated in 1974, and became the largest aircraft factory in Finland. Foreign aircraft produced under license included Potez (Air Fouga) Magister jet trainers and 12 Saab Draken fighters. Owndesigned Leko-70 Vinka two-seat piston-engined trainer evolved by new design group created September 1970, followed in 1985 by the two/four-seat L-80 TP turboprop version. Also flew prototypes of the PIK-23 Towmaster. Valmet also assembled 46 of the 50 BAe Hawk jet trainers for Finnish Air Force. Other activities included overhaul and repair of military and civil aircraft and piston aero engines. The other aviation member of group was Valmet Oy Linnavuoren Tehdas, at Siuro, concerned mainly with overhaul and repair of jet aero engines. See Valmet Aviation Industries.

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