Alenia Aermacchi announced today that it has selected Williams International FJ44-4M engine to power the new M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) aircraft.
Alenia Aermacchi has selected Williams International FJ44-4M engine to power the new M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) aircraft.
FJ44-4M is the fully aerobatic version of FJ44-4A engine. It is a modern two–spool co–rotating turbofan engine with medium bypass ratio, mixed exhaust, and high cycle pressure ratio.
FJ44-4M is in the class of 3400 lbs thrust with low fuel consumption, and takes advantage of Williams well recognized track in maintenance services in order to further reduce operating costs.
The two Companies already started joint activities to finalize the collaboration framework which will lead to integrate the engine into M-345 HET aircraft in the next couple of years.
M-345 HET represents the recent solution proposed by Alenia Aermacchi for the basic/advanced phase of the military pilots training syllabus.
In June 2013 Alenia Aermacchi and General Defense Secretary/DNA (National Armaments’ Directorate) of the Italian Defense Ministry signed an agreement to jointly define the operational requirements and to collaborate in the development of a new basic/advanced trainer aircraft, called M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer), conceived in the legacy of S-211/M-311 experience. Development is undergoing and the aircraft entry into service is envisaged at the end of 2017.