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Alenia Aermacchi Unveils M-346 Trainer

By gguarino | March 21, 2014
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[Avionics Today March 21, 2014] Alenia Aermacchi rolled the first M-346 advanced trainer aircraft out for the Israeli Air & Space Force at its plant in Venegono Superiore, Italy. 

M-346. Photo, courtesy of Elbit Systems. 

The M-346, a derivative of the Yak-130, is equipped with fully digital flight controls and avionics designed to provide lead-in training for Israeli fighter pilots. The Israeli Ministry of Defence (IMOD) is looking to use the M-346 to replace its fleet of TA-4 Skyhawk trainer aircraft. 

Poland recently became the fourth customer for the M-346, following Italy, Singapore and Israel. First delivery to the IMOD is scheduled for summer 2014. 

Currently, the M-346 is in service with both the Italian and Singapore Air Force. 

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