Jul. 9, 2014 by Stephen Trimble - FG
Alenia Aermacchi on 9 July delivered the first two of 30 M-346 training jets to the Israeli Air Force.
The M-346 – renamed the “Lavi” by Israel – will replace Douglas TA-4s and eliminate the need to bridge with the Lockheed Martin F-16A/B for Israeli fighter pilots. Israel selected the M-346 in 2012 as part of a government-to-government agreement with Italy, which included the sale of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)/Gulfstream G550 conformal airborne early warning and control aircraft to the Italian air force.
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