Development of the L-410 was started in the 1960s by the Czechoslovak aircraft manufacturer Let Kunovice. The first prototype flew on April 16, 1969. Due to delays, the prototype and first production version were powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engines. The L-410UVP-E (the most common variant of the L-410) has a take-off weight to 6400 kg, M601E engines with increased power, new five-blade propellers designated V 510 and wing tip tanks to increase fuel quantity.
The average hourly rental rate of the Let L-410 is around 3,400 USD per hour.