The Aermacchi M-346FT aircraft of Leonardo-Finmeccanica makes its official debut today. The M-346FT is the multi-role version of the M-346 whose characteristic is to pass very easily from the trainer aircraft configuration to the operational mission.
Mauro Moretti, Leonardo’s CEO and General Manager, said at the show that, “we Invest in the technological development of highest-added-value activities so that we can stay one step ahead of our competitors. The technological excellence of our trainers is acknowledged worldwide and today we are ready to offer our customers an aircraft capable of combining the operational and training requirements of the Air Forces all over the world, assuring top performances and remarkably lower costs.”
Based on the advanced trainer M-346, the FT (Fighter Trainer) variant integrates a wide range of systems and sensors for tactical support and air defence, a tactical data link, a self defence system, recognition and targeting sensors and a series of weapon systems. This aircraft’s configuration is representative of a basic version with operational capabilities that can be integrate with additional sensors in the future.
The Aermacchi M-346 is one of the most advanced trainer aircraft currently available on the market, according to the company, and is one of the only in the world conceived purposefully to train pilots destined to high-performance latest-generation military aircraft. 68 units have been ordered by the Air Forces of Italy (18), Singapore (12), Israel (30) and Poland (8) and it has been selected by the United Arab Emirates.