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Combat version of the M346 training aircraft

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M346FA Fighter Attack

  • Advanced training aircraft and light attack.
  • The project plan was presented for the first time at IDEX and was first presented at the Paris Airshow 2017
  • Mainly built on M346 training aircraft.

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Equipped with: GRIFO-346 radar with a range of 110-120 km.

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RecceLite reconnaissance pod and Litening targeting pod

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  • A variety of air-to-ground ammunition including Mk-82/83 free-guided bombs, GBU-12/49/38 guided bombs and Lizard bombs produced by the Israeli company Elbit Systems.

  • Air-to-air weaponry is AIM-9X Sidewinder or IRIS-T.

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Equipped with air-to-surface armament is a MARTE-ER missile with a range of more than 100 km produced by the giant MBDA with the possibility of incorporating the BRIMSTONE marine missile.

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New and sophisticated cockpit includes touch screens

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M346FA can carry 2000 kg on 5-7 external suspension points

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Effective against small insurgents.
I would say even more: more than effective against small isurgents and effective in some cases in general purpose battle missions. Moreover, quite good as a trainer. Practically the same aircraft, Yak-130, which was originally jointly developed with the Russian aircrfat manufacturer is primaly being offered as a training aircraft.
 

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Leonardo's M-346FA fighter attack/light combat aircraft made its debut with a model shown at the Expodefensa trade show on 2 December as the company is promoting the aircraft in Colombia and Latin America. The M-346FA will make its first flight in the first half of 2020 and will be delivered in 2021 to an undislosed customer, according to a company statement. Leonardo said Argentina is considering the M-346FA. The M-346FA is a varinat of the M346 platform, which leonardo said has been selected by the UAE and ordered by Israel, Italy, Poland and Singapore. The platform keeps the characteristics of the advanced trainer version but is also capable of carryoing out a wide range of operational missions at a lower cost than those of front-line fighters. The aircraft is equipped with Leonardo's own Grifo-346 multi-mode fire control radar. Leonardo also promoted its M-345 basic jet trainer/light attack aircraft at Expodefensa, although it did not have a model displayed. The company said it is talking to many potential customers in Latin America, but it did not provide details.
 

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