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 Finmeccanica’s 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.
With this new contract, the number of Aermacchi M-346 aircraft ordered by Italy (identified by the country's air force as the T-346A) rises to 18. Delivery of the new aircraft will begin this year and will be completed by 2018.
Mauro Moretti, Finmeccanica’s Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, declared: “The Aermacchi M-346 is the most advanced trainer aircraft available on the market today, the only one in the world designed to train pilots who will go on to fly new-generation, high performance defence aircraft. It has won all the most important international bids and we are offering it as the platform on which the new American Top Guns’ trainer aircraft could be based.”
The contract also includes logistics support and an additional development phase of the advanced integrated training systems that has the aircraft at its core and which also includes digital training aids, simulators and infrastructure at the Lecce-Galatina Air Force base.
A total of 68 Aermacchi M-346 aircraft have now been ordered, by Italy (18), Israel (30), Singapore (12) and Poland (8).
Finmeccanica has started the final assembly phase for the first two Aermacchi M-346s of the eight advanced jet trainer that are to be supplied to Polish Air Force. The delivery of the first two M-346 aircraft is scheduled for the end of November 2016, in line with the programmes time frame, the company said in a statement Wednesday
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
Alenia Aermacchi won a contract worth 120 million Euros to provide the Italian Air Force with further three advanced trainer aircraft M-346. The contract is part of a wider agreement already signed by the parties in 2009 for the total supply of 15 M-346s
Leonardo and the Armament Inspectorate of the Polish MoD have signed a contract to supply four additional M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT) that will join the Polish Air Forces existing fleet of eight aircraft by 2020. The contract, worth more than 115 million euro, includes a support package
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
Leonardo-Finmeccanica delivered the first two of a total four ATR 72MPs, a multirole Maritime Patrol, Electronic Surveillance and C4I aircraft, to the Italian Air Force today. Designated P-72A by the Italian Air Force, the aircraft will replace the Air Forces obsolete Breguet Atlantic
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 has rolled out the first of eight Polish Air Force M-346 aircraft at Venegono-Superiore facility on Monday. The roll-out ceremony was attended by the Polish Deputy Defense Minister, Bartosz Kownacki, the State Under ecretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gioacchino Alfano, and by the Managing Director of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Aircraft, Filippo Bagnato
Finmeccanica has won a contract to provide two AgustaWestland AW 159 helicopters worth over 100 million euros to the Philippine Navy. The aircraft will be built and delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Divisions Yeovil plant, in the United Kingdom, in 2018
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