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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Alenia Aermacchi sets dual-role path for M-346

M-346 advanced jet trainerAlenia Aermacchi is close to finalising the design of an enhanced, dual-role version of its M-346 advanced jet trainer, as the first batch of Italian student pilots enters training with its current model.

“There is a very important need in the market for a dual-role capability,” a company official says of the planned armed version. “We are talking to several potential customers about this version – not in Europe.”

To highlight the twin-engined type’s potential in such a role, the company late last month displayed the trainer at the Radom air show in Poland carrying three-round launchers for MBDA’s Brimstone air-to-surface missile.

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