The Aermacchi M-346 is the most advanced trainer aircraft available on the market today and the only one specifically designed to prepare pilots for high performance new generation aircraft.
Since 2013, the M-346 is in service with the Air Forces of Italy, Republic of Singapore and Israel, and more recently it was adopted by the Polish Air Force that signed a contract for 8 aircraft in 2014 and 4 more in 2018.
Every aspect of the M-346 design is technically innovative. Coupled with the unparalleled experience of the Leonardo Aircraft Division in training systems, this translates into a leading edge aircraft with exuberant performance and state-of-the-art equipment.
The wide flight envelope, high thrust/weight ratio and extreme maneuverability allow the M-346 to offer handling similar to those of next generation combat aircraft, including the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F-35. This maximises training effectiveness and reduces the need to fly sorties on the far more expensive two-seat variants of frontline types.
Its Embedded Tactical Training Simulation (ETTS) allows the M-346 to emulate sensors, countermeasures and weapons, as well as allowing pilots to interact in real time with a virtual tactical scenario, further enhancing flexibility and cost reduction.
Thanks to its Helmet Mounted Display, voice command, in-flight refueling probe and hard-points for up to 3,000 kilos of external loads, the M-346 can carry out a complete tactical training syllabus.
The M-346 is the keystone of an Integrated Training System that includes a complete Ground Based Training System (GBTS), comprising academics, simulators, mission support system and computer-based training management system. In order to maximise aircraft availability and mission generation, the Aircraft Division has developed and offers a dedicated Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) package.
The M-346 is the basis of the T-100 Integrated Training System (ITS), the solution offered by Leonardo DRS in the T-X competition for the U.S. Air Force’s advanced pilot training system program.