Italy has raised the number of firm orders for the M-346 Master jet trainer from 9 to 18, aircraft manufacturer Finmeccanica reported on Tuesday 22 March.
The Italian Air Force uses the M-346 as a replacement for the older MB339 in the Lead-In Fighter Training (LIFT) and agressor dissimilar air combat training roles.
The M-346 is operated in southern Italy by the Italian Air Force’s 61th wing at Lecce airbase. Israel and Singapore also operate the type, with Poland set to join this year.
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