Leonardo has displayed for the first time the M-346FA Fighter Attack version of its M-346 trainer that will be equipped with a variant of the Grifo multi-mode fire control radar.
The aircraft can be equipped with a variety of missiles, cannons and guided bombs making it an ideal light attack aircraft. The M-346FA is a further evolution of a family concept designed to create a common base able to answer to the different air forces requirements in very quick times, the company announced Sunday.
The M-346FA fighter attack aircraft is on display at the Paris Air Show 2017.
This will be the third variant of the M-346 aircraft: the Advanced Jet Trainer and the multi-role M-346FT (Fighter Trainer).
The company has already carried out the studies for the FA’s radar installation and its mechanical integration with the aircraft.
The M-346FA’s characteristics make it not only an excellent advanced trainer, but also a light fighter aircraft capable of carrying out operational missions at far lower costs than those of front-line fighters.
Several air forces have already expressed their interest in it. With seven pylons for external loads, the M-346FA will also be able to operate very effectively as multi-role tactical aircraft, capable of air-to-surface, air-to-air and tactical reconnaissance missions.
The integration of multi-mode Grifo radar will provide the M-346FA with versatility and effectiveness, thanks to the availability of many specialized radar modes both Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface.
The Polish Air Force has received the first two M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT) from Alenia Aermacchi. The aircraft flew in formation with the TS-11 Iskara trainers on Monday which were sent to welcome the new airframes, The Aviationist reported Tuesday
A new dual role version of M-346 jet trainer, a Leonardo-Finmeccanica built aircraft has been launched on the eve of the Farnborough Air Show 2016, held from July 11-17, in London, UK. The aircraft known as the M-346FT will fly at the Farnborough Air Show on Monday and Tuesday and will be ready for service within two years, company officials were quoted as saying by Defense News at the show yesterday
Leonardo-Finmeccanica rolled out the first of eight Polish Air Force M-346 aircraft Monday. The first of 8 Aermacchi M-346 advanced trainers ordered by Poland in 2014 will now undergo a flight test programme to certify bespoke systems chosen by the Polish Air Force such as the brake parachute
Finmeccanica has signed a contract worth over 300 million Euros with ARMAEREO (Italian National Armaments Directorate) of the Italian Defence Ministry for additional nine Aermacchi M-346 advanced training aircraft for the Italian Air Force. The contract was signed by Grazia Nunnari, head of national and international contracts of ARMAEREO (Italian National Armaments Directorate) and Filippo Bagnato, Managing Director of Finmeccanicas Aircraft Division, in the presence of Chief Inspector General Francesco Langella, Director of Armaereo and the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, Lieutenant General Pasquale Preziosa
Italian Air Force will start testing the capability of Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchis M-346 Master, a military transonic trainer aircraft, as an "aggressor" in dissimilar combat training missions with the Eurofighter aircraft. Starting next August the students of the Italian Air Force who are to fly on the combat aircraft will accomplish the trainings phase IV on the new M-346, the final step before the passage to the operational airplanes
The Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) has taken delivery new Advanced Jet Trainer, the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 aircraft, into 150 Squadron at Cazaux Air Base in France, according to an official statement. Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, said, "It allows our trainee pilots to be able to be exposed to air combat environments within the cockpit - they can be simulated, as in handling electronic warfare systems, multi-mode radar and Beyond Visual Range missiles, early in their training
The Korean Aerospace Industries-Lockheed Martin joint bid for the US Air Force Advanced Pilot Training project, the T-50A trainer jet is “well placed” to win the contract, a South Korean think tank, the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET) has said. The KIETs 2018-2022 forecast said that Korea's T-50A is well placed to secure the Advanced Pilot Training project that could be worth some 14 trillion won ($13 billion)
Leonardo has won 40 million pounds ($52 million) to upgrade anti-missile defense systems of UKs Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets. "Today's announcement is a clear example of how it (the Typhoon) is being continually enhanced and upgraded so it remains as effective tomorrow as it is today," Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Thursday
Leonardo has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) worth in excess of 290 million Euros to fit jet fighters, helicopters, warships and missile systems with advanced identification systems. The contract will see Leonardo and HENSOLDT, working together as ‘Team Skytale, upgrade the IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) technology on more than 350 of the UKs operational aircraft, naval vessels and ground-based air defence systems to the latest ‘Mode-5 standard, the company announced Thursday
Leonardo has signed contracts worth more than 100 million Euros with Airbus to provide avionics maintenance for both German and Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon fleets. These contracts will cover all repairs estimated to arise in the next 5 years
Thales will unveil its Ground Fire family, a range of latest-generation multifunction ground radar at Paris Air show 2017 starting this week. The radar system, which is fully digital, will carry out air defence and surveillance missions simultaneously
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