Azerbaijan to purchase 15 M-346 Master aircraft from Italy

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Azerbaijan has purchased 10 advanced "M-346 Master" aircraft from Italy, Defence.az reports citing ridus.ru.


It is reported that Azerbaijan has ordered 15 more "M-346 Master" aircraft. 

M-346 Master is a military twin-engine transonic trainer aircraft. Originally co-developed with Yakovlev as the Yak/AEM-130, the partnership was dissolved in 2000 and Alenia Aermacchi proceeded to separately develop the M-346 Master, while Yakolev continued work on the Yakovlev Yak-130. The first flight of the M-346 was performed in 2004. The type is currently operated by the air forces of Italy, Israel, Singapore, and Poland. Since 2016 the manufacturer became Leonardo-Finmeccanica as Alenia Aermacchi merged into the new Finmeccanica, finally rebranded as Leonardo in 2017.

The Italian Air Force received its 18th and final M-346, concluding the force's acquisition program.

Currently, 30 such aircrafts are in operation in Israeli Air Force, 8 in service in Singapore Air Force and 8 aircrafts in service in Polish Air Force.

Azerbaijan is also among the customers of Leonardo Aircraft Company. The Defence Ministry demonstrated new generation M-346 aircraft which is in srvice in the Azerbaijani Ari Force in May 2017 for the first time. However, the number of the aircrafts Azerbaijan purchased from Italy wasn't revealed at that time. 

The M-346 is designed for the principal role of lead-in fighter trainer, in which capacity it is used to deliver pilot training for the latest generation of combat fighter aircraft. Powered by a pair of Honeywell F124 turbofan engines, it is capable of transonic flight without using an afterburner, which is designed to reduce acquisition and operating costs.

"It is still unknown how many of the aircrafts that Azerbaijan purchased and plans to purchase are trainer jets or combat fighter aircraft. However, most of them are supposedly fighter trainer. Thus, not so many aircrafts are needed for training of pilots," Defence.az reports citing the Russian sources. 

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Azerbaijan to purchase 15 M-346 Master aircraft from Italy

2018/10/1539087102.jpg
Read: 6664     16:11     09 October 2018    

Azerbaijan has purchased 10 advanced "M-346 Master" aircraft from Italy, Defence.az reports citing ridus.ru.


It is reported that Azerbaijan has ordered 15 more "M-346 Master" aircraft. 

M-346 Master is a military twin-engine transonic trainer aircraft. Originally co-developed with Yakovlev as the Yak/AEM-130, the partnership was dissolved in 2000 and Alenia Aermacchi proceeded to separately develop the M-346 Master, while Yakolev continued work on the Yakovlev Yak-130. The first flight of the M-346 was performed in 2004. The type is currently operated by the air forces of Italy, Israel, Singapore, and Poland. Since 2016 the manufacturer became Leonardo-Finmeccanica as Alenia Aermacchi merged into the new Finmeccanica, finally rebranded as Leonardo in 2017.

The Italian Air Force received its 18th and final M-346, concluding the force's acquisition program.

Currently, 30 such aircrafts are in operation in Israeli Air Force, 8 in service in Singapore Air Force and 8 aircrafts in service in Polish Air Force.

Azerbaijan is also among the customers of Leonardo Aircraft Company. The Defence Ministry demonstrated new generation M-346 aircraft which is in srvice in the Azerbaijani Ari Force in May 2017 for the first time. However, the number of the aircrafts Azerbaijan purchased from Italy wasn't revealed at that time. 

The M-346 is designed for the principal role of lead-in fighter trainer, in which capacity it is used to deliver pilot training for the latest generation of combat fighter aircraft. Powered by a pair of Honeywell F124 turbofan engines, it is capable of transonic flight without using an afterburner, which is designed to reduce acquisition and operating costs.

"It is still unknown how many of the aircrafts that Azerbaijan purchased and plans to purchase are trainer jets or combat fighter aircraft. However, most of them are supposedly fighter trainer. Thus, not so many aircrafts are needed for training of pilots," Defence.az reports citing the Russian sources. 

Banu Salmanli



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