Advanced & Lead-In Fighter Trainer

The Aermacchi M-346 is the most advanced jet trainer and has been designed for a wide range of training capabilities, long-term reliability and cost-effective operations. Central element of a technologically advanced Integrated Training System, the M-346 is the most modern solution to train new generation pilots. The aircraft is in service with the Air Forces of Italy, Republic of Singapore, Israel and Poland with 80 aircraft already ordered.

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Missions & Features

Technologically advanced, safe and reliable

The twin-engine, tandem-seat M-346 has four channel Fly-By-Wire Flight Control System, redundant main systems, state-of-the-art avionics with latest human-machine interface with Multi-Function Displays (MFD), Head-Up Displays (HUD), Hands On Throttle And Stick (HOTAS) controls, in-flight safety features like PARS (Pilot Activated Attitude Recovery System). An APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) provides autonomous operations.


Its Embedded Tactical Training System (ETTS) allows the M-346 to emulate on-board sensors, weapons, Computer Generated Forces (CGF) as well as allowing pilots to interact in real time with a virtual tactical scenario in a Live (aircraft in flight), Virtual (simulators) and Constructive (ETTS) - LVC environment, further enhancing flexibility and cost reduction.

Effective trainer

The wide flight envelope, high thrust-to-weight ratio and unmatched maneuverability allow the M-346 to offer handling similar to those of next generation combat aircraft, like Eurofighter Typhoon or the F-35. This maximises teaching effectiveness and allows flight hours to be downloaded from far more expensive front line aircraft at Operational Conversion Units.

Preparing for the front line

Thanks to its integrated Helmet Mounted Display, Night Vision Goggles (NVG) fully compatible cockpit, in-flight refueling probe and five hard-points for different external loads, both air-to-air and air-to-ground, the M-346 can carry out a complete tactical training syllabus for military pilots.

Integrated Training System

The M-346 is the core of an Integrated Training System that includes a complete Ground Based Training System (GBTS), comprising simulators, academics, mission planning system and computer-based training management system. In order to maximise the aircraft availability and mission generation, the Leonardo Aircraft Division has developed and offers a dedicated Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) package.

Aggressor and Companion Training roles

The M-346 can also carry out effectively aggressor and companion training roles, ensuring maximum efficiency, effectiveness, commonality, operational flexibility and combat training capabilities to the Air Forces.



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