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M-345 HET  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 8 May 2020
Maiden Flight: 30 December 2016
Total Production: 45
Also Known As: High Efficiency Trainer and T-345
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Alenia Aermacchi
Parent System: M-345 HET
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 8 May 2020
Maiden Flight: 30 December 2016
Total Production: 45
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Description: The Alenia Aermacchi M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) is a new basic-advanced training aircraft developed along with the Italian Ministry of Defense and expected to enter service in the 2017-2020 timeframe. The avionics package of the new aircraft are intended to offer a more effective and cheaper alternative compared with advanced turboprop trainers. The M-345 will offer a smooth transition to the more capable M-346 advanced jet trainer thanks to a similar cockpit. The M-345 HET will be equipped with a turbofan engine in the 3,500 pounds of thrust class and will offer long endurance and high load factors between +7/-3,5 g. Furthermore it will be provided with a HUD (Head Up Display) in the front cockpit and a repeater in the rear cockpit and multi-function digital displays for both pilot stations and HOTAS (Hands On Throttle-And-Stick) controls. The M-345 program was launched at the Paris air show on June 18, 2013. The Italian Air Force has a requirement for 45 T-345 aircraft as replacement for the MB-339 jets.

With regards to logistics, operating costs will be reduced due to the fact that the M-345 will be designed with a two-level maintenance concept, eliminating the third and most onerous level of general revision of the aircraft. Easy access to the simple on-board systems and devices and a HUMS (Health and Usage Monitoring System) that provides all information on structure, engine and system for an effective monitoring of the condition of each single component/system, will simplify maintenance. The introduction of the pressure refueling system and of an OBOGS (On-Board Oxygen Generating System) will significantly reduce the quantity of personnel required for aircraft ground operations.

M-345 HET Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 1
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 7 g
Min Maneuvering Load Factor: -4 g
Max Takeoff Thrust: 3,500 pound (1,588 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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M-345 HET News

There are 10 news between
18 Jun 2013 and 8 May 2020
Friday, May 8, 2020M-345 Military Jet Trainer Awarded Type Certification
Thursday, June 13, 2019Italian Air Force Orders 13 Additional M-345 Trainers
Friday, December 21, 2018First Production M-345 HET Aircraft Performs Maiden Flight
Thursday, September 20, 2018Leonardo and Paramount Group Could Develop Weaponized M-345 for the African Market
Sunday, June 18, 2017Leonardo Introduces M-345 at Le Bourget
Friday, January 13, 2017Italy Orders Development of NEES Scout Helicopter and Procurement of Five T-345 Aircraft
Friday, December 30, 2016M-345 HET Successfully Completes First Flight
Tuesday, April 28, 2015Alenia Aermacchi Unveils M-345 Ground Based Training Demonstrator Device
Thursday, October 9, 2014Alenia Aermacchi Selects Williams International FJ44-4M to Power M-345 HET Trainer
Tuesday, June 18, 2013Alenia Aermacchi and Italy to Develop M-345 High Efficiency Trainer

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