Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2018
Maiden Flight: 2017
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: M-346 Fighter Trainer
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Alenia Aermacchi
Parent System: Yak-130
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): July 2009
Maiden Flight: 25 April 1996
Total Production: 418
Family Members: M-346 Master, M-346FA 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 Aermacchi M-346FT (Fighter Trainer) is a cost-effective multirole aircraft derived from the M-346 trainer and featuring the ability to pass very easily from training configuration to operational capability. The new aircraft incorporates an array of sensors, tactical data-link, targeting, protection and weapon systems to perform both tactical air support and air defense missions. The M-346FT was introduced by Leonardo-Finmeccanica at the Farnborough Air Show on July 11, 2016.

M-346FT 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-346FT News

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on 11 Jul 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016M-346FT Fighter Trainer Unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show

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