Israel selects M-346 trainer aircraft

Issue No. 5 | March 01-15, 2012

The M-346 trainer aircraft of Alenia Aermacchi has been selected by Israel’s Ministry of Defence to train its air force pilots.

Giuseppe Giordo, Alenia Aermacchi’s Chief Executive Officer and Responsible for Finmeccanica’s Aeronautics Sector, has commented: “We would like to thank the Israeli Ministry of Defence for their trust in and their choice of the M-346, a fact that confirms the product excellence, result of the skill and expertise of Alenia Aermacchi’s human resources”.

The aircraft has just been delivered to the Italian Air Force and, in the short term, will also be in service with Singapore’s Air Force. “This new and important achievement represents the result of the synergic collaboration between the Italian industry and authorities and a big-value success for the Italian high-technology aeronautical industry and for the whole ‘Country System’.”

The M-346s, which will make the Israeli Air Force’ new trainers fleet, and will replace the TA-4 Sky-Hawks, currently operated by IAF (Israel Air Force), will be a total of about 30 aircraft.

The official contract award is scheduled for the middle of 2012 and the airplanes will be delivered to the customer starting in the middle of 2014.