KUALA LUMPUR: After years of hesitation (perhaps because they do no want the Hawk and the other aircraft were not ready), the UAE finally decided to opt for the Aermacchi M346 it was announced at the current IDEX 09. The M346 was originally came about from the collaboration of Aermacchi and Russian Yak firm.
It was a big victory for the Italian firm initially thought to be second best to the offer by Korean Aerospace , the T50, which shared a common heritage with UAE’s Block 60 F16 fleet. Malaysian Defence believes the Korean continuing development with the T50 together with its increasing closer ties with the Israeli had much to do with the UAE decision. Will these effect a similar programme in Singapore? It could but the Singaporeans may well choose the Korean bird ahead of the Italian one.
UAE is also in the midst of deciding on a basic advanced trainer, and the final two aircraft in the hat is the M346 little brother, M311 and the Swiss PC21 turboprop.
Anyhow, wouldnt it be nice if we hadnt invested in the new Macchis three years ago, We may well start training our pilots in UAE on these new jets within three years. Of course the Pakis have been benefiting from such cooperation for some time now. BTW, the UAE bought a tonne of stuff from the Americans during IDEX 2009, including C-17s and C130s. They are getting new combat boats built locally under license from Sweden and Turkey. How jealous are we?
— Malaysian Defence
The United Arab Emirates Government selects Finmeccanica for 48 M-346 advanced lead-in fighter trainer aircraft
The United Arab Emirates Government today announced at IDEX 2009 (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) in Abu Dhabi that it had begun negotiations for the acquisition of 48 M-346 advanced lead-in fighter trainer aircraft manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company. The agreement, which also includes the creation of a joint venture in the UAE between Alenia Aermacchi and the Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) to establish a final assembly line for the M-346, is the result of close collaboration between the Italian Government and the defence industry, which have worked together to capitalise on Italian excellence in the aeronautics high-tech sector.
“The selection of the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 by the United Arab Emirates Government represents a huge success for the Italian high-tech industry” said Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, Chairman and CEO of Finmeccanica. “It is an endorsement of considerable strategic value for Finmeccanica, as it confirms the supremacy of this advanced next-generation trainer aircraft at international level and paves the way for further successes in the global markets, where others important campaigns are already under way. The UAE Government’s selection of the M-346 forms part of a broader industrial co-operation agreement recently signed by Finmeccanica and Mubadala which foresees, among other things, the manufacturing of aerostructures in composite materials for the civil sector in Abu Dhabi”.
The M-346 “Master”
The M-346 “Master”, designed and developed by Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, is the only new generation advanced lead-in fighter trainer aircraft currently under development in Europe. The twin engine M-346 is tailored to train pilots to fly future combat aircraft and will be used in every phase of advanced and pre-operational training, reducing the hours flown on more expensive aircraft. In order to optimise training effectiveness and operating costs, the M-346 embodies the latest concepts of “design-to-cost”, supportability and production optimisation, with an high level of performances and a human-machine interface representative of new generation combat aircraft such as the Eurofighter, the Rafale, the F-16 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.If you like this post, buy me an espresso. Paypal Payment