- Italy, Israel, Singapore and Poland have ordered a total of 68 Aermacchi M-346s
- Deliveries of the eight Aermacchi M-346 ordered by the Polish Air Force will be completed by November 2017
- The Aermacchi M-346 is the most advanced lead-in fighter trainer currently produced and the only new-generation trainer optimised for training pilots to fly latest-generation, high-performance military aircraft
The roll-out ceremony for the first of eight Polish Air Force M-346 aircraft took place today at Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s facility inVenegono-Superiore (near Varese). The event was attended by thePolish Deputy Defense Minister, Bartosz Kownacki, the State Under Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gioacchino Alfano, and by theManaging Director of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Aircraft, Filippo Bagnato.
Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Leonardo-Finmeccanica said: “Leonardo-Finmeccanica is the only company in the world able to offer a complete technological solution that reduces pilot training times and prepares them to fly sophisticated, new-generation military aircraft. Today, many countries are turning their attention to integrated training systems that include both aircraft and ground-based simulation systems. These capabilities already have a proven track record at the Italian Air Force’s training centre in Galatina (near Lecce) where 11 NATO and Allied Air Forces are trained; pilots obtain their licences via systems and aircraft built by Leonardo-Finmeccanica.”
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. It will then be delivered to the customer by the end of the year along with a second aircraft. Deliveries will be completed by November 2017.
The M-346s will enter into service with the 4th Training Wing Squadron at Poland’s Deblin base. With the M-346, the base aims to become an international hub for the training of military pilots.
The M-346 has been ordered by the Air Forces of Italy (18), Singapore (12), Israel (30) and Poland (8) for a total of 68 orders.
Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master
The M-346 Master is a classic model airplane with two seats, instructor in the back and trainee in front. The plane has extreme agility by optimized aerodynamics achieved by extension of wings roots and by a variable camber wings, also damage tolerance capacity. It also has improved inherent strength and structural integrity, obtained by using composite materials and light alloys.
The M-346 Master is powered by two Honeywell F-124-GA-200 turbofans for better performance and reliability. This plane is capable of transonic flight without using an afterburner. It has a digital flight control system.
The M-346A is a production version for Italian Air Force. There is also a proposed version of a light attack aircraft. This aircraft has nine hardpoints for a variety of guns, bombs, missiles and rockets.
|Dimensions and weight|
|Wing span||9.72 m|
|Weight (empty)||4.61 t|
|Weight (maximum take off)||9.5 t|
|Engines and performance|
|Engines||2 x Honeywell F-124-GA-200 turbofans|
|Traction (dry / with afterburning)||2 x 27.8 kN|
|Maximum speed||1 255 km/h|
|Service ceiling||13.7 km|
|Range||1 890 km|
|Combat radius||~ 550 km|