[Avionics Magazine 01-04-2017] Leonardo's Aermacchi M-345 high-efficiency trainer prototype made a successful first flight last week, the company said. The two-seat basic jet trainer flew for 30 minutes, and Leonardo said it met all design expectations while showing "excellent performance."
M-345 advanced training aircraft. Photo: Leonardo
The test campaign for the aircraft is to be completed this year, with avionics systems testing coming next. The system is based on the latest Leonardo M-346. It meets the latest combat jet standards, including hands on throttle and stick (HOTAS) controls, heads-up display (HUD), multi-function displays (MFD) and real-time data link.
A military pilot training jet, the M-345 is designated for air forces around the globe. It is powered by a Williams FJ44-4M-34 turbofan engine and has a maximum takeoff weight of 9,920 pounds.