The Israeli Air and Space Force M-346 Lavi rolled out of the manufacturing plant (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)

First Israeli Air Force M-346 rolled out

The Israeli Air and Space Force M-346 Lavi rolled out of the manufacturing plant (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)
The Israeli Air and Space Force M-346 Lavi rolled out of the manufacturing plant (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)

Alenia Aermacchi rolled out the first M-346 Lavi for the Israeli Air & Space Force in Venegono Superiore, Italy, earlier this week. Another 29 advanced trainers of the type will follow.

The M-346 will replace the dinosaur TA-4 Skyhawk still in service with the Israeli Defence Forces. Delivery of the first M-346 is expected in Summer 2014.

Assembly of the first IDF M-346 started in November.

After Italy (15), Singapore (12) and Israel (30), Poland recently became the fourth customer to order the M-346. The Polish contract of 8 raised the number of M-346 aircraft ordered to date to 56. The aircraft is already in service with the Italian and the Republic of Singapore Air Forces.

Source: Alenia Aermacchi

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