First of eight Aer­ma­c­chi M-346 air­craft for the Pol­ish Air Force un­veiled

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The roll-out cer­e­mony for the first of eight Pol­ish Air Force M-346 air­craft took place re­cently at Leonardo-Fin­mec­ca­nica’s fa­cil­ity in Vene­gono Su­pe­ri­ore (near Varese). The event was at­tended by the Pol­ish Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter, Bar­tosz Kow­nacki, the State Un­der Sec­re­tary to the Min­istry of De­fense, Gioacchino Al­fano, and by the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Leonardo-Fin­mec­ca­nica Air­craft, Filippo Bag­nato.

Mauro Moretti, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer and Gen­eral Man­ager of Leonardo-Fin­mec­ca­nica, said: “Leonardo-Fin­mec­ca­nica is the only com­pany in the world able to of­fer a com­plete tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tion that re­duces pi­lot train­ing times and pre­pares them to fly so­phis­ti­cated, new-gen­er­a­tion mil­i­tary air­craft.

“To­day, many coun­tries are turn­ing their at­ten­tion to in­te­grated train­ing sys­tems that in­clude both air­craft and ground­based sim­u­la­tion sys­tems. These ca­pa­bil­i­ties al­ready have a proven track record at the Ital­ian Air Force’s train­ing cen­tre in Galatina (near Lecce) where 11 NATO and Al­lied Air Forces are trained; pi­lots ob­tain their li­cences via sys­tems and air­craft built by Leonardo-Fin­mec­ca­nica.”

The first of eight Aer­ma­c­chi M-346 ad­vanced train­ers or­dered by Poland in 2014 will now un­dergo a flight test pro­gramme to cer­tify be­spoke sys­tems cho­sen by the Pol­ish Air Force such as the brake para­chute. It will then be de­liv­ered to the cus­tomer by the end of the year along with a sec­ond air­craft. De­liv­er­ies will be com­pleted by Novem­ber 2017.

The M-346s will en­ter into service with the 4th Train­ing Wing Squadron at Poland’s De­blin base. With the M-346, the base aims to be­come an in­ter­na­tional hub for the train­ing of mil­i­tary pi­lots.

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