M(T)-346 Master

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Country: Italy
Operator: Italian Air Force
Total lenght: 11.49 m
Wingspan: 9.72 m
Height: 4.76 m
Maximum take-off weight: 9 600 kg
Ceiling: 13 716 m
Range: 1 981 km
Maximum speed : 1 092 km/h

DESCRIPTION

The Alenia Aermacchi (Since 2016 the manufacturer became Leonardo-Finmeccanica as Alenia Aermacchi merged into the new Finmeccanica, finally rebranded as Leonardo in 2017.) M-346 Master is a military twin-engine transonic trainer aircraft. 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.

The M-346 incorporates a full-authority quadruplex digital fly-by-wire flight control system which, in combination with the optimized aerodynamic configuration of the aircraft, provides for full manoeuvrability and controllability at very high angle of attack (in excess of 30° degrees).

HISTORY

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.

In February 2018, the Italian Air Force received its 18th and final M-346, concluding the force's acquisition program.

Source: Wikipédia, L+K 9/2016

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