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04 Jun 2007

Italy To Buy 14 Aermacchi M-346 Training Jets

On May 28, 2007, defence under-secretary Lorenzo Forcieri declared that the Italian Armed Forces intend to acquire 14 M-346 advanced jet trainers from Finmeccanica's Alenia-Aermacchi unit.

The M-346 is one of Italian industry’s key programs. Having already financed the development of the jet, the Economic Development Ministry will finance the acquisition.

With the Italian Air Force ordering it as the launch customer for the M-346, the M-346 stands a better chance in gaining export orders. The M-346 will compete in the UAE advanced jet trainer competition against BAE Systems' Hawk and Korea Aerospace Industries' T-50, both of which already have domestic customers. A decision by the UAE is expected at the end of this year. The M-346 is expected to also compete in Greece as T-2 Buckeye replacement, Greece has been a partner in the programme since Janary 2005 and a request for proposal is expected shortly. Later this year it is also expected to compete in Singapore's jet trainer competition, probably to replace the RSAF A-4SU/TA-4SU Skyhawk advanced jet trainers based at Cazaux, France.

Aermacchi has built two prototypes of the twin-engined, transsonic M-346. The first prototype rolled out on June 7, 2003 and flew for the first time on July 15, 2004. Aermacchi is now working on the first of 12 low-rate initial production aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2008.


2018

12 September 2018 | Defense-Aerospace

Wildcat Makes First Landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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12 September 2018 | Flight Global

Spain plans to take more NH90 helicopters

Spain's government has given approval for the acquisition of an additional 23 NH Industries NH90 troop transport helicopters.

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11 September 2018 | Defense-Aerospace

Russia Delivers Four Su-30SM to Operational Squadrons in Kursk

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10 September 2018 | Flight Global

​Japan cleared to buy nine additional E-2Ds

The US government has cleared Tokyo to obtain nine additional Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft.

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10 September 2018 | Boeing

Boeing Awarded $2.9 Billion for Fourth KC-46A Tanker Production Lot

EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 10, 2018 – The U.S. Air Force today awarded Boeing a $2.9 billion contract for 18 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines and wing air refueling pod kits. With this fourth production lot, Boeing now is on contract for 52 KC-46 tankers. Boeing received its first two production lots, for 7 and 12 aircraft, in August 2016. The third lot, for 15 aircraft, was awarded in January 2017.

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10 September 2018 | USAF

Moody A-10 engine maintainers make history

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10 September 2018 | Flight Global

AVIC rolls out first FTC-2000G light fighter

AVIC has rolled out the first FTC-2000G, a light combat variant of its FTC-2000 trainer.

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7 September 2018 | Flight Global

India's Tejas clears in-flight refuelling hurdle

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6 September 2018 | Combat Aircraft

F-35Bs join Middle East operations

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4 September 2018 | NATO News

Italy takes up NATO air patrols over Iceland

Four Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jets have arrived at Iceland’s Keflavik Air Base, and from today (4 September 2018) they will help ensure the safety of Iceland’s airspace. Over the next few weeks, the Italian pilots will provide intercept capabilities and train together with the Icelandic Coast Guard and the NATO Control and Reporting Centre. The Italian jets will complement the air surveillance which Iceland executes with its four remote radar and communication sites.

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