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Plans for the supply of aviation in the armed forces of Italy

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The Italian Ministry of Defense has signed contracts with an Italian company Leonardo (former Finmeccanica group) worth more than 500 million euros for the supply of the Italian Air Force the first five new M-345 jet training aircraft, as well as for the creation of a new combat helicopter under the NEES program (Nuovo Elicottero da Esplorazione e Scorta) for the Italian Army aviation.


M-345 NO has progressed in the markets since 2012. This is the first contract for the sale of the aircraft, which Leonardo managed to conclude. In total, it is possible to purchase 45 machines for the needs of the Italian Air Force in order to replace most of its Aermacchi MB-339 aircraft. The first five M-345 NO aircraft must be delivered in 2019 year.


Leonardo M-345 HET


M-345 NO was created on the basis of M-311, which unsuccessfully advanced from 2005 of the year and remained unclaimed. In turn, the M-311 was a modified version of the training aircraft SIAI-Marchetti S.211. The latter was produced from 1981 to 1994 years (70 machines were produced) and was delivered to the Air Forces of Singapore, the Philippines and Haiti. The prototype M-345 NO was presented to the public in 2013 year. The first flight took place 29 December 2016 of the year.

The new combat helicopter is intended to replace AgustaWestland (Leonardo) A129 Mangusta combat helicopters in the Italian aviation industry of Italy and, most likely, will be a deep modernization of the latter. The 32 units of A129 are awaiting write-off for the 2025 year. By this time, Leonardo expects to complete development work and tests and begin mass production (it is planned to launch 48 helicopters). Total for this program is allocated 487,06 million euros.

Plans for the supply of aviation in the armed forces of Italy

A129 Mangusta
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  2. Mar.Tirah
    Mar.Tirah 16 January 2017 12: 54
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    And what doesn’t it say that Italy will be the first in Europe to supply the US with the F-35? And under what conditions, and what kind of shish? Is it worth it not cheap? I don’t think that Israel is free?
    1. cniza
      cniza 16 January 2017 12: 58
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      Yes, we are happy for them, let them buy what they want.
      1. Thunderbolt
        Thunderbolt 16 January 2017 13: 19
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        Quote: Mar. Tira
        And what doesn’t it say that Italy will be the first in Europe to supply the US with the F-35?
        It's just that today is a helicopter day. And "Penguin" is usually served here closer to the weekend))).
  3. Taygerus
    Taygerus 16 January 2017 12: 55
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    Trump will come will buy Omerian laughing
  4. svp67
    svp67 16 January 2017 13: 24
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    The Italian Ministry of Defense has signed contracts with the Italian company Leonardo (former Finmeccanica group) worth more than 500 million euros for the supply of the Italian Air Force the first five new M-345 jet training aircraft
    Not a stuffed animal, so a carcass. And OUR Yak-130 is still a GREAT PLANE, which a priori and Italians recognized
    1. pafegosoff
      pafegosoff 16 January 2017 13: 42
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      Our Yak-130 is manufactured by Italy under the name M-346 and is being sold abroad with might and main: Israel alone bought 30 from the Italians! Note, they didn’t buy from us, not of Russian production, but from Italians (the modernized Yak-130).
  5. pafegosoff
    pafegosoff 16 January 2017 13: 39
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    But what is it that they are the M-346 somehow, basically, to other countries vparivayut: Israel, Poland, Singapore. And Italy - 5 pieces.
    Is 345 much better? Or simply - cheaper, easier and simpler for cadets than the Yak-130?
  6. polkovnik manuch
    polkovnik manuch 17 January 2017 06: 54
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    Not sickly, for a country like Italy, especially since the airplane is "very similar" to our "130".
  7. Separ
    Separ 17 January 2017 12: 19
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    Interesting - why do the Italians have an army?