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.
During their approach to Dęblin, the “Master” jets, locally named “Bielik” (Polish for white tailed eagle), flew in formation with the TS-11 Iskra trainer aircraft which were sent to welcome the new airframes.
The delivery of the first two of 8 aircraft was preceded with long preparatory stages, as it required the Polish pilots to be trained at Lecce-Galatina airbase, in Italy, home of 212° Gruppo (Squadron) belonging to the 61° Stormo (Wing) of the Italian Air Force, the flight school that operates the T-346s (this is the ItAF designation) in Italy, the report stated.
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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
Polish Ministry of Defense is planning to spend more than 61 billion zloty (US $14.5 billion) to acquire new weapons and military equipment in next five years
Polish government has initiated a tender to purchase 14 helicopters as part of urgent operational requirement of the armed forces. Having taken this move, the ministry said that Poland would be spending all the funds allocated in the state budget this year to upgrade its armed forces,
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