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11:33 AM, June 13, 2019
Leonardo Wins $338M To Supply 13 M-345 Trainer Aircraft To Italy
Aermacchi M-345 trainer aircraft

Leonardo has won a $338 million (300 million euros) contract to supply 13 Alenia Aermacchi M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) aircraft to the Italian Air Force.

The contract includes ground-based training systems and a five year logistics support package, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

The new order follows an initial contract for 5 aircraft bringing the number of M-345 turbofan-powered military trainers ordered by Italy to 18.

The Italian Air Force has identified a requirement for around 45 M-345 aircraft (designated the T-345A) to progressively replace its fleet of 137 MB-339s, that have been in service since 1982,  and to become the new platform of Italy’s National Aerobatic Team (Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (PAN).

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