Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2019
Maiden Flight: 2017
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: M-346 Fighter Attack
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Leonardo-Finmeccanica
Parent System: Yak-130
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): July 2009
Maiden Flight: 25 April 1996
Total Production: 418
Family Members: M-346 Master, M-346FT and Yak-130
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Description: The Yakovlev Yak-130 is a twin-seat tandem cockpit, advanced training aircraft powered by two turbojet engines, equipped with fly-by-wire controls and three multifunctional liquid crystal displays. Originally, Yakovlev developed the Yak-130 as the replacement for the L-29 and L-39 training aircraft in the Russian Air Force and foreign air forces all over the world. It is designed to provide advanced training suitable for 4th and 5th generation fighter aircraft at lower costs than those trainers it is meant to supersede. In addition, the Yak-130 features a limited ground attack capability being capable of delivering a wide range of guided and unguided weapons.

The Yak-130 was originally developed jointly by Yakovlev of Russia and Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, of Italy to meet the requirements of both countries' air forces. Both companies decided to step down the common aircraft program which led Aermacchi to develop the M-436 based upon the expertise gained during the Yak-130 program. In August 2005, Irkut, the parent company of Yakovlev, and Aermacchi signed an agreement on development of an international version of the aircraft and further versions as well.

Actually, the Yak-130 airplane developed for the Russian Air Force is an aircraft family. This family includes Yak-133 fighter, Yak-133IB fighter bomber, Yak-133R reconnaissance aircraft, Yak-133PP Jammer/Trainer, Yak-133 shipborne trainer and Yak-133 unmanned reconnaissance attack aircraft. In connection with the agreements signed on 18 August 2005, Finmeccanica's Alenia Aeronautica and Aermacchi are in partnership with Yakovlev/Irkut in the development of unmanned aerial vehicle technologies based on the Yak-130 airframe.

The M-346FA (Fighter Attack) is a further evolution of the M-346 aircraft equipped with Grifo-346 multi-mode fire control radar and optimized for strike missions at lower costs than front-line fighter aircraft. The M-346 Fighter Attack aircraft will be able to perform air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions. The M-346FA was unveiled at the Paris Airshow in June 2017.

M-346FA Specifications

Crew: 2
External Stations: 7
Number of Engines: 2
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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M-346FA News

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on 18 Jun 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017Leonardo Introduces M-346 Fighter Attack Aircraft Variant
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