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M-346 Master  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): June 2011
Maiden Flight: 2004
Total Production: 130
Unitary Cost: EUR€35 million   (USD$37 million)
Also Known As: M-346I Lavi, M346, Master and T-346A
Origin: Greece 10% and Italy 90%
Corporations: Alenia Aermacchi* 90% and HAI Hellenic Aerospace Industry 10%   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: M-346 Master
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): June 2011
Maiden Flight: 2004
Total Production: 130
Family Members: M-346FA and M-346FT
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Description: Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, developed the M-346 advanced trainer on the basis of the Yakovlev Yak-130 light attack aircraft which was developed to meet the requirements of the Russian Air Force for a light attack/trainer to replace the L-39. Originally, both companies Yakovlev and Aermacchi were engaged on the Yak-130 development. The high-tech M-346 design focuses on advanced training capabilities for 4+/5th generation fighter aircraft but retaining a light attack capability equipped with western avionics, weapons and engines.

The M-346 first flight occurred in the Spring of 2004 and since then the Italian Air Force along with Aermacchi are qualifying the new jet airplane. Thus far, the Italian Air Force would be the prime customer for the M-346 providing advanced training for the crews of the highly maneuverable Eurofighter/Typhoon. International orders are expected due to the advanced features and handling qualities of this new generation trainer which competes to become the European standard training aircraft.

On 19 January 2006, Italy's Aermacchi and Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) signed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the M-346 fighter lead-in trainer. Under the terms of the agreement HAI share on the M-346 program was 10 percent which translated into responsibility for designing, producing and assembling some parts of the aircraft such as the rear fuselage. Other Greek companies also participated in the program as sub-contractors.

M-346 Master Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4 meter (13.1 foot)
Length: 11 meter (36.1 foot)
Wingspan: 10.4 meter (34.1 foot)
Ceiling: 12,500 meter (41,010 foot)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 1.20 mach (1,435 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 9,700 pound (4,400 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 9,000 kilogram (19,841 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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M-346 Master News

There are 37 news between
28 Jan 2008 and 21 Dec 2018
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Friday, December 21, 2018First Production M-345 HET Aircraft Performs Maiden Flight
Friday, December 14, 2018Poland Orders Another Four M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers
Tuesday, March 27, 2018Poland Places Order for an Additional Four M-346 Trainer Jets
Wednesday, February 8, 2017Leonardo to Compete for US Air Force T-X Porgram with the M-346 Training Aircraft System
Monday, July 11, 2016M-346FT Fighter Trainer Unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show
Monday, June 6, 2016First Polish Air Force M-346 Trainer Aircraft Unveiled
Tuesday, March 22, 2016Italian Air Force Orders Nine Additional M-346 Training Jets
Monday, February 22, 2016Raytheon Offers T-100 Trainer for US Air Force Advanced Pilot Training Competition
Friday, June 19, 2015Italian Air Force M-346 Starts its Activity as Agressor Aircraft
Monday, May 11, 2015Royal Netherlands Air Force to Train on Italian M-346 Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment

Jul 20142
Feb 201818
Feb 20122
Dec 20101
Airplanes ordered in February 2014 (8) and another four ordered in March 2018. Another four ordered in December 2018.
Mar 201412

Grand Total 1305
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