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AERMACCHI M-346 Master

The first prototype of the Italian jet trainer M-346 Master, which also can be used as a light combat aircraft, took off for its maiden flight in 2004. The program for the production of this latest generation jet trainer was started in 1993 as an Italian-Russian cooperation of the Aermacchi and Yakovlev company. In 1996, the first test flight of the Yak/AeM-130 took place. The cooperation, however, came to an end in 2000, and both companies started to develop their own plane.

The M-346 entered serial production in 2010 and is a very advanced development of the original Yak/AeM concept. Its avionics system is oriented after the Eurofighter, the Dassault Rafale and other western fighter planes currently in production. The flight performances of the M-346 are considerably better than those of the trainers of earlier generations and very close to the performances of 4th and 5th generation planes without afterburner.

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Facts & Figures

Manufacturer Leonardo Finmeccanica (formerly Alenia Aermacchi)
Wingspan 9.72 m
Length 11.49 m
Height 4.76 m
Max. take-off weight 9,500 kg
Max. speed 1,083 km/h
Service ceiling 13,700 m
Power plant 2x Honeywell F124-GA-200
Thrust 2 x 27.80 kN
Crew 2
Display Static