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M-346 ad­vanced jet train­ers op­er­ated by the Is­raeli Air Force are sched­uled for a set of up­grades that in­cludes the in­te­gra­tion of in­ert train­ing bombs and ex­ter­nal fuel tanks. Tel Aviv pos­sesses 30 M-346 train­ers, the last of which ar­rived in 2016 and the up­grades are ex­pected to en­able the air force to fur­ther stream­line its train­ing process. The air force’s flight test cen­tre is cur­rently col­lab­o­rat­ing with man­u­fac­turer Leonardo and will over­see the mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

The Is­rael Air Force will re­ceive an ad­di­tional F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in 2020 with a special suite of test in­stru­men­ta­tion that will work to en­hance the fighter’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing air-to-air and air-to-ground mis­sions. The new air­craft comes out­side of any spe­cific con­tract and is being man­u­fac­tured ac­cord­ing to spec­i­fi­ca­tions that took two years to prepare.

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