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Un radar per il '346FA' ...

Leonardo has taken the next step in the evolution of its M-346 jet trainer with the installation of a radar.
The company has installed its mechanically scanned X-band Grifo-346 radar in the nose of its M-346FA (Fighter Attack) prototype, which is being used to support the development of a light attack capability.


Fonte: aviationweek.com ... M346FA Gets Radar Installation ...

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Positivo che si realizzino altri 4 346 per l’AMI e che si punti a una spinta internazionalizzazione della scuola di volo italiana. Penso alle ambizioni passate di fare una scuola europea, ma oggi va di moda procedere in odine sparso e in questo caso fare una accordo tutto italiano tra costruttore e Forza Armata e buttare come sasso nello stagno una proposta.

Siccome in particolare in Europa nell’addestramento c’è poco spirito di iniziativa e ancor meno  velivoli adeguati ai tempi (in Italia invece ben due col 345 e il 346), chissà che il “chi mi ama mi segua” odierno non dia buoni frutti.

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Ho trovato questo video , un po' vecchio , ma niente male.

La parte più interessante è quella che riguarda la missione di due T 346 , uno simulato e uno vero , tra i minuti 5.41 e 7.10  .

 

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Ora si prova in Argentina

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2019/07/new-fighter-plane-argentina-leonardo-m-346fa.html

Tentar non nuoce , anche se definire il 346 un " eccellente sostituto dello Skyhawk " , come detto nell'articolo, mi sembra avventatissimo.

E' più probabile che entrino in gioco questioni di costo e, forse, un residuo legame culturale col nostro paese.

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Giovedì scorso la situazione era la seguente ... almeno secondo fonti latino-americane ...

... https://www.ciudadanodiario.com.ar/nota/2019-7-3-9-38-17-argentina-comprara-aviones-kai-fa-50-a-corea-del-sur-para-la-fuerza-aerea ...

... https://www.defensa.com/argentina/opcion-coreana-kai-fa-50-golden-eagle-mira-fuerza-aerea ...

La fonte che hai postato è italiana e, chiaramente, porta l'acqua al mulino di Leonardo ...

Comunque ... come disse JB ... "Mai dire mai" ...

;)

 

 

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M-346FA ... passi avanti verso la certificazione ... in attesa di ordini ..

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Leonardo anticipates achieving service entry in 2021 for the M-346FA – an armed variant of its advanced jet trainer – as certification and integration work continues.
Although it has yet to secure a launch customer for the attack version, the Italian airframer is engaged in several sales campaigns, including for Argentina, which is "looking with interest" at the twinjet.
Separation tests of bombs and air-to-air missiles, including Raytheon's AIM-9L Sidewinder, have already been performed, with integration of the Grifo M-346 radar and updated avionics now under way in the laboratory.
Certification from Italy's Armaereo military approvals body is anticipated in late 2020, ahead of probable service entry the following year, says Leonardo.

... flightglobal.com ... RIAT: Leonardo stays on target with armed M-346FA ...

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Argentina ... c'è chi torna a parlare del KAI FA-50 ...

:scratch:

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... from a major "international customer" ...

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Leonardo has secured a launch order for six examples of the M-346FA – the fighter attack variant of its advanced jet trainer – from a major "international customer".
Speaking on a half-year results call on 30 July, Leonardo chief executive Alessandro Profumo said the deal was signed during the last month.

... flightglobal.com ... Fighter variant of M-346 secures launch deal ...

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C'era una volta ... Taiwan ... 
Ovvero: come è sfumata un'altra buona occasione ... :(

Poco più di un paio di anni fa ...

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The ROCAF evaluated jet trainers produced by Korea Aerospace Industries (the T-50) and Leonardo (the M346). 
In 2014 AIDC signed an MoU with what was then Finmeccanica to buy 66 M346s for approximately $2.1 billion. 
Most of them would have been built by AIDC in its Taichung facility. 
But following the victory of Taiwan’s pro-independence party in last year’s general election, new President Tsai Ing-Wen pledged to boost the island’s own defense industry. 
Leonardo reportedly reduced the price of its M346 offer by about 25percent, but to no avail.

Fonte ... ainonline.com ... Taiwan Confirms Indigenous Jet Trainer Development ...

Ai giorni nostri ...

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Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen has unveiled the prototype of a new indigenous Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) facility in Taichung, christening it the "Yung Yin” or Brave Eagle.
Designated “A1”, the prototype is one of four that will be produced for ground and flight tests.
Previously named the XT-5 "Blue Magpie," the program is a joint collaboration between the state-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) and AIDC.

Fonte ... flightglobal.com ... PICTURE: Taiwan unveils “Brave Eagle” AJT ...

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Bel filmato su un'esibizione recente

 

 

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Medio Oriente e Nord Africa ... cresce l'interesse per il 346 ...

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“There is an increasing need for trainer jets in the MENA [Middle East and North Africa] region as countries there work to expand their fighter fleets. 
The MENA nations have requirements for trainers also able to perform close‐air support missions," said Marco Buratti, Leonardo’s senior vice president of international marketing and strategic campaigns.

... defensenews.com ... Leonardo sees market opportunity for M-346 attack variant in Middle East ...

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Da AW&ST ...

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Austria has emerged as the mystery potential launch customer for the fighter attack version of Leonardo’s M-346 advanced jet trainer.

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