Azerbaijan acquires Italian M-346 Master combat training aircraft

Azerbaijan acquires Italian M-346 Master combat training aircraft

The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan has signed a preliminary agreement on the acquisition of Italian combat training aircraft Leonardo M-346 Master. The timing of the signing of a solid contract for aircraft has not yet been announced.


According to the bmpd blog, during the visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Italy on February 20, 2020, Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov signed a declaration under the agreement between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Leonardo SpA with the executive director of the Italian company Leonardo, in connection with the acquisition of an integration system M-346 aircraft. "

The agreement provides for the acquisition by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense of 15 M-346 aircraft, other sources report ten aircraft, but with an option of 15. Leonardo previously demonstrated a third prototype M-346 in Azerbaijan.

The M-346 training aircraft was designed by the Russian JSC A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau together with the Italian company L'Alenia Aermacchi. Due to disagreements between partners, the development of the model stopped at the final stage, and each of the companies received documentation of the basic version of the future aircraft (glider). After that, both companies released their own models: M-346 (L'Alenia Aermacchi) and Yak-130 (Yakovlev Design Bureau). The first flight of the M-346 took place on July 15, 2004, and its mass production began in 2010. Today, the machine is used to train pilots in Italy, Singapore, Israel and Poland. The length of the M-346 is 11,5 m, the wingspan is 9,7 m. The mass of an empty aircraft is 4,6 tons, the maximum take-off weight is 9,5 tons. The aircraft can reach speeds of up to 1060 km / h and climb to a height of 13,7 km The crew of the M-346 consists of two people.

In total, Leonardo has so far delivered 72 production M-346 aircraft (22 for the Italian Air Force, 12 Singapore, 30 Israel and eight Poland) and has contracts for the supply of eight more aircraft for Poland.
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  1. Kurare 25 February 2020 11: 23 New
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    On the one hand, the Yakovlevites themselves made a competitor. But, without this joint project, they probably would not have survived.
    In fact, the success of the M-346 shows an excellent Soviet / Russian school of aircraft construction, especially with regard to aerodynamics.
    1. Sky strike fighter 25 February 2020 11: 28 New
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      Something similar happened when the Europeans, together with Antonov, designed the car, but at the last stage they decided to complete what they started and it turned out, in my opinion, the A-400M. And they threw the Ukrainians. Such a scheme was scammed by normal after all the secrets were fished out.
      1. Kurare 25 February 2020 11: 44 New
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        There are still "two big differences." Antonovtsev threw and An-70 remained in oblivion. But it’s a pity, in my opinion, it was a very interesting project and aircraft. Unlike An-a, the Yak-130 became the main desk of the Russian Air Force.
        To reproach Europeans is not worth it. They saw their chance and simply used it. Unfortunately, as in the saying: "nothing personal, only business."
      2. Pete mitchell 25 February 2020 12: 33 New
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        I still wildly apologize, but the link can be on
        Quote: Sky Strike fighter
        Europeans together with Antonov designed a car
        . Preferably a European reference
        1. musketon64 25 February 2020 14: 03 New
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          In February 1996, to implement the An-70 program and its promotion to the foreign market, the Russian-Ukrainian consortium Medium Transport Aircraft (STS) was created from nine leading companies. The prospects seemed bright - at that time, the proposal to use the An-70 as a standard aircraft for the air forces of European NATO countries was actively discussed.

          In the end, the European structures expressed their readiness to seriously study such opportunities, demanded additional data, documents, etc. As a result, the history of Ukraine’s “cooperation” with European countries on the design of this aircraft has become perhaps the most brilliant of European countries’s intelligence operations against Ukraine in terms of technical espionage. I must say that the collapse of the KGB and the lack of proper cooperation in protecting economic and technical secrets between the national counterintelligence services of Ukraine (SBU) and Russia (FSB) contributed to their successful work.

          The leading aircraft manufacturer in Germany, Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace (DAZA), took up the coordination of requirements. However, after several months of joint work, DAZA (which, incidentally, owned a 37% stake in Airbus Industry) refused to participate in the project. Some Russian experts noted that the requirements for the MTC of the Euroflag project “Future Large Aircraft” (FLA, future A400M) consistently changed as German experts got acquainted with the details of the An-70 design.
        2. orionvitt 25 February 2020 14: 27 New
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          Quote: Pete Mitchell
          Preferably a European reference

          Are you more likely to believe the Western press? So there they will not tell you anything, especially when it comes to sensitive issues for Europeans. They (civilized Europeans), it is easier to keep silent, and often even brazenly lie. And on the issue of the similarity of the A-400 and the AN-70, I will not say anything, but the concept of both aircraft is very similar, in addition, the AN-70 made its first flight 15 years before the A-400. Knowing the post perestroika practice, selling all technologies at a cheap price to the west (especially in Ukraine), it is not surprising. What a pity, the plane was really promising. A worthy brainchild of Antonov Design Bureau, which was never realized.
          1. Pete mitchell 25 February 2020 15: 00 New
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            Quote: orionvitt
            Are you more likely to believe the Western press?
            I am critical of any press. I agree with you in part
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            the concept of both aircraft is very similar, besides the AN-70, made its first flight 15 years before the A-400 ...

            And for me, a colleague formulated everything correctly
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            They created this car with Russian money. Together with Russia. And they threw us. And the Europeans did their own thing. And when the Ukrainians, having thrown Russia, turned to them, they simply sent them. In order not to produce competitors.
            As a result, the Europeans, who were lagging behind before, won the race.
            1. orionvitt 25 February 2020 15: 45 New
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              Quote: Pete Mitchell
              They created this car with Russian money. Together with Russia.

              Not certainly in that way. As you know, an aircraft engine is much more difficult to create than an airplane. D-27 began to be designed in the Design Bureau "Progress", back in Soviet times, just under the AN-70. If Russia invested in a glider and on-board systems, then Motor Sich provided four engines for the second flight model (which crashed in Omsk) absolutely free, that is, at its own expense, by personal order of Boguslaev. breathe life into a project that initially suffered from financial weakness. And this is not in the best years for the enterprise. It was rumored that the AN-70 project had been deliberately ruined to eliminate a competitor. Since even NATO was staring at a promising “truck”, while the A-400 was still at the stage of elaboration of the concept. And so it happened, several years passed and the world was shown a “miracle” from a European manufacturer, strangely reminiscent of the Antonov machine.
              1. Pete mitchell 25 February 2020 20: 16 New
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                Quote: orionvitt
                It was rumored that the AN-70 project had been deliberately ruined to eliminate a competitor.

                I fully admit that the eads bourgeois did not hesitate to look into the An-70 project, especially if there was such an opportunity. And even more so, no one should hope for their honest cooperation: to prevent the emergence of a competitor - all means are good. And the rest
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                the concept of both aircraft is very similar
                , which determines their similarity, but no more.
                And of course I agree with you
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                sorry, the plane was really promising. A worthy brainchild of Antonov Design Bureau, which was never realized.
                Amen
      3. Lopatov 25 February 2020 14: 09 New
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        Quote: Sky Strike fighter
        Something similar happened when the Europeans, together with Antonov, designed the car, but at the last stage they decided to finish what they started themselves and I think the A-400M turned out

        You are very confusing something.
        They created this car with Russian money. Together with Russia. And they threw us.

        And the Europeans did their own thing. And when the Ukrainians, having thrown Russia, turned to them, they simply sent them. In order not to produce competitors.
        As a result, the Europeans, who were lagging behind before, won the race.
      4. TermNachTer 25 February 2020 19: 50 New
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        When the A-400 was being drawn, the An-70 was already flying. But they threw not only banderlogs, there were many Russian components there. If 70 went to the series, everyone would have earned it, but not fate. However, curious how did Azerbaijan "buy"? The Italian cannot be cheaper than the Yak - 130.
    2. Grigory_45 25 February 2020 18: 26 New
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      Quote: Kurare
      Yakovlevites themselves made a competitor

      come on))) Prior to cooperation with Yakovleva Design Bureau, Aermacchi released its TCBs, and not bad - MV-326 and MV-339, already sold in 14 countries of the world
  2. kupitman 25 February 2020 11: 23 New
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    and I look at the photo and think why they are so similar ...
  3. Vladimir_2U 25 February 2020 11: 23 New
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    In total, Leonardo has so far delivered 72 production M-346 aircraft (22 for the Italian Air Force, 12 Singapore, 30 Israel and eight Poland) and has contracts for the supply of eight more aircraft for Poland
    Italians got a free aerodynamics and design, let them rejoice.
    1. Kurare 25 February 2020 11: 45 New
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      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      Got italyashki for free aerodynamics and design

      With what a fright "for free." This "freebie", at one time, saved the Yakovlevites from self-liquidation.
      1. Vladimir_2U 25 February 2020 11: 52 New
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        Quote: Kurare
        What a fright "for free"

        Just like a freebie:
        Aermacchi's stake was estimated at $ 77 million. However, the Italians did not contribute money - by decision of the Russian Ministry of Finance, these funds went into the offset of the Russian public debt to Italy. The Yak-130 made its first flight in 1995 ... ... After a few years it became clear that the Italo-Russian Yak-130 could not count on the Western market - they prefer cars created as a result of cooperation between the allied countries .... ..OKB received compensation from the Russian Ministry of Finance for its own funds spent - $ 77 million in ruble equivalent
        Not Italy paid Yaku, but the Russian Federation.
        1. Kurare 25 February 2020 11: 59 New
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          Quote: Vladimir_2U
          Not Italy paid Yaku, but the Russian Federation.

          Well, yes, the money went “through the pockets” of government officials and, of course, not everything came to the Yakovlevites. But even this "was enough" so as not to bend.
      2. VIT101 25 February 2020 16: 41 New
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        Quote: Kurare
        This "freebie", at one time, saved the Yakovlevites from self-liquidation.


        Someone started this bike, and you repeat. It was only about closing the program for creating the TCB. The government of the Russian Federation funded the creation of the Yak-130 on account of a public debt to Italy. The Italians did not pay a dime. So the money was still found. I would like to add that at the same time, projects for creating TCBs were presented by the firms of Sukhoi, Mikoyan and Myasishchev. Preference was given to Yakovlev. Is it reasonable?
        1. Kurare 25 February 2020 17: 46 New
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          Quote: VIT101
          Someone started this bike, and you repeat.

          hi Let's look at it this way: the Russian Federation has a public debt to Italy, which the Russian Federation needs to repay, Italy agrees to repay it (partially) if Yakovleva Design Bureau together with Alenia Aermacchi create a new TCB. There would have been no such agreement, perhaps there would have been no Yakovlev Design Bureau. As a "bonus", TCB for a tender for the Russian Aerospace Forces, designed from part for Italian money.

          Like it or not, the money is Italian, albeit in the form of a Russian public debt.
        2. Grigory_45 25 February 2020 18: 29 New
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          Quote: VIT101
          I would like to add that at the same time, projects for the creation of TCB were presented by the firms of Sukhoi, Mikoyan and Myasishchev

          moreover, the Moscow Region did not allocate money for them, and the same Mikoyanovites had to make MiG-AT in collaboration with the French.
    2. Piramidon 25 February 2020 17: 07 New
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      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      Got italy for free

      Well, on account of the "freebie" you can bet.
  4. Thrifty 25 February 2020 11: 49 New
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    They would have to compare with a dozen of our Yak130 to buy hi .
  5. knn54 25 February 2020 11: 54 New
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    JUST compared TTX:
    Weight is 700 kg lighter. The ceiling is 1 km higher. More maneuverable. Engines checked by years. Modern avionics.
    Yes. The price bites. By the way, the Yak-130 is made entirely of aluminum (without composites), and this is a high "maintainability".
  6. Whalebone 25 February 2020 11: 57 New
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    Friendship is friendship, and tobacco is apart. Would the Yak really come out more expensive? Or did Aliyev need the Italians to show respect?
  7. iouris 25 February 2020 12: 01 New
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    This is a complete failure.
  8. donavi49 25 February 2020 12: 07 New
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    In general, procurement is interesting in itself. They brought them the usual basic type of some kind of revision there.




    That is, they bought virtually the same Yak - which is now. Applicable inBS extremely limited, like eLok. Yes, a little more advanced in theory, you can fasten the Talesov container and make friends with guided bombs. But not the fact that it is purchased.

    They certainly did not buy a charged version of the FA - with a radar, a bunch of guided weapons out of the box, and even anti-ship missiles (once 2 carries), which are now fastening the profile for ground targets. Since - they are very actively promoting it and they really, really, really need a starting customer. If it was FA, then it would be trumpeted everywhere.


    So the question is, why in fact TCB in the Air Force of Azerbaijan, which are 10 years old and self-dissolve? They have Now it’s not a fact that 20 flying combat aircraft will be typed. Rather, about 15. They have 10-12 flight eLok.

    So, most likely, the purchase of new aircraft is being studied, and large-scale (about 30-40).
    1. Grigory_45 25 February 2020 18: 32 New
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      why in fact TCB in the Air Force of Azerbaijan

      most likely, they will purchase (if the transaction takes place) UBS. Thus, killing two birds with one stone - there is a training aircraft, and, as it were, a light attack aircraft and a semi-fighter.
  9. Adam Khomich 25 February 2020 12: 23 New
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    "... signed a preliminary agreement ..." The timing of the signing of a solid contract for aircraft has not yet been announced.
    This is just a gesture of politeness during Aliyev’s visit. Such “protocols of intent” are signed by more than one hundred, but at best several pieces reach implementation. , close the discussion and disagree!
  10. K-50 25 February 2020 12: 25 New
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    Azerbaijan acquires Italian M-346 Master combat training aircraft

    The same Yak-130, only a lot more expensive! fellow
    Well, let them, they have a lot of money from the sale of oil, and they need to lick the EU, they cannot live without bending over and not substituting. lol
    1. Oquzyurd 25 February 2020 13: 45 New
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      Do not carry nonsense. am
  11. avib 25 February 2020 12: 33 New
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    Why not UC? Was there a tender at all or "on no alternative" basis? It seems that Azerbaijan remains a Russian client in aviation.
    1. donavi49 25 February 2020 13: 16 New
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      This is Armenia. Azerbaijan still has a Soviet park, bought back in the 90s on the secondary. Actually, after the completion of the contract, M346 will be flying almost more than all living combat aircraft in Azerbaijan combined.
      1. Butchcassidy 25 February 2020 14: 21 New
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        This is Armenia. Azerbaijan still has a Soviet park, bought back in the 90s on the secondary. Actually, after the completion of the contract, M346 will be flying almost more than all living combat aircraft in Azerbaijan combined.

        Armenia had nothing at all before deliveries. And the Su-30s are not delivered on such a large scale. There, I think, the supply of modern helicopters would have had a greater influence on the alignment of forces.
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    And all this is against yesterday’s relatives. (Republics)
    1. Oquzyurd 25 February 2020 13: 30 New
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      As more gifts (oh, on credit) to the Armenians, in the form of SU-30 and listed as a list. For several years, Azerbaijan requested that the Russian Federation sell aircraft for the Azerbaijani Air Force, I note for real money. We received a refusal. Now preparations are underway for the purchase of aircraft from for this purpose, the M-346 Master is bought for this purpose, in order to train pilots according to those standards. These are echoes of the refusal arranged by the Armenian lobbyists in the Russian Federation.
      1. Butchcassidy 25 February 2020 14: 17 New
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        As more gifts (oh, on credit) to the Armenians, in the form of SU-30 and listed as a list. For several years, Azerbaijan requested that the Russian Federation sell aircraft for the Azerbaijani Air Force, I note for real money. We received a refusal. Now preparations are underway for the purchase of aircraft from for this purpose, the M-346 Master is bought for this purpose, in order to train pilots according to those standards. These are echoes of the refusal arranged by the Armenian lobbyists in the Russian Federation.

        This is a policy issue. You confuse the Russian Federation and the United States - there are no lobbyists who can influence the course of foreign policy in Russia.

        And the supply of weapons is politics. Honestly, I don’t understand why Baku will not contact Pakistan (read - China) about JF-17 deliveries. Yes, the machine is not the most modern, but enough to upgrade the fleet. For political reasons, the supply of modern aircraft from all manufacturers is de facto closed. So the choice is small. But Pakistan and China do not bother with politics, they sell it to everyone who pays, even the most cannibalistic regimes.
        1. Oquzyurd 25 February 2020 20: 08 New
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          "there are no lobbyists capable of influencing the course of foreign policy in Russia." Hidden lobbyism, which has infiltrated state bodies that put on a cocoon ...., draws a line of state policy. Their defining influence on foreign policy is stronger than in the United States, which has more open lobbyism, where lobbyists compete with other groups of lobbyists on politics. Because it seems to you that lobbying is in the USA. When you say foreign policy, you see a cocoon, and who created it, inside ...
          1. Butchcassidy 25 February 2020 22: 26 New
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            What kind of beast is this - hidden lobbyism? Can you imagine at what level decisions are made on the supply or ban on the supply of such weapons? And who in our country shapes foreign policy? If you don’t know, then I will answer - this is the president. Do you think that Putin can lobby for something there?
            1. Oquzyurd 25 February 2020 22: 38 New
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              Do not believe it, yes. There is a team, and everyone has advisers under the team. Gorbachev ruined the country not because he wanted so badly, but because of the team, which apparently determined the course-policy for the country, but actually worked for that idea, hidden in a cocoon.
              1. Butchcassidy 26 February 2020 11: 00 New
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                Quote: Oquzyurd
                Do not believe it, yes. There is a team, and everyone has advisers under the team. Gorbachev ruined the country not because he wanted so badly, but because of the team, which apparently determined the course-policy for the country, but actually worked for that idea, hidden in a cocoon.

                Those. Do you think that someone can convince Putin of something?))
            2. genisis 26 February 2020 02: 10 New
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              I do not know your name, but I read your comments. For many years, Pakistan has been promising Azerbaijan to deliver the JF-17, but this is bad luck, the Chinese are making engines for them. And the supply to Azerbaijan is not included in the nearest Chinese plans. As for the Russian Federation, the refusal to supply combat aircraft to Azerbaijan perfectly illustrates the actual level of partnership between the countries. When your partner is stealthily competing with you in different industries, it is unlikely that he should sell military aircraft.
              1. Butchcassidy 26 February 2020 11: 02 New
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                Quote: genisis
                I do not know your name, but I read your comments. For many years, Pakistan has been promising Azerbaijan to deliver the JF-17, but this is bad luck, the Chinese are making engines for them. And the supply to Azerbaijan is not included in the nearest Chinese plans. As for the Russian Federation, the refusal to supply combat aircraft to Azerbaijan perfectly illustrates the actual level of partnership between the countries. When your partner is stealthily competing with you in different industries, it is unlikely that he should sell military aircraft.

                What is the story of China? It seemed to me that the Chinese are ready to sell everything to everyone. If they have such a responsible position in aviation technology, then this is welcome. Although, perhaps this is due to the fact that Russia does not supply, and China does not want to quarrel out of the blue with Russia even because of 2-3 billion. For China, these are trifles.
                1. genisis 26 February 2020 11: 43 New
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                  Explaining Chinese actions is much simpler. Do not have time to make engines for their needs and the needs of Pakistan. Therefore, the order of Azerbaijan for so many years can not be realized. Although China has significant disagreements with the Turks regarding the Uyghurs. But, again, airplanes cannot be delivered yet due to the lack of capacities for the production of engines in sufficient quantities.
                  1. Butchcassidy 26 February 2020 21: 43 New
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                    Clear.
                    They are engines of aircraft of 4 generations (maximum) can not produce in the required quantity, but they already say that under the Su-57 are bad engines)))
  13. kotdavin4i 25 February 2020 14: 00 New
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    Good day to all.
    1. This aircraft is already in service with the Azerbaijani Air Force - 10 units.
    2. In the post-Soviet space, only Russia produces military aircraft; therefore, we can only purchase from you. And since there are obviously problems with Russia, we are forced to buy from other countries.
    3. As a carrier of guided weapons - very suitable.
  14. Butchcassidy 25 February 2020 14: 04 New
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    This is clearly a response to the supply of the Su-30 to Armenia. They will probably increase the number of aircraft, for which new UB versions are needed. What are they exploiting now?
  15. lopuhan2006 25 February 2020 15: 17 New
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    Quote: kotdavin4i
    Good day to all.
    1. This aircraft is already in service with the Azerbaijani Air Force - 10 units.
    2. In the post-Soviet space, only Russia produces military aircraft; therefore, we can only purchase from you. And since there are obviously problems with Russia, we are forced to buy from other countries.
    3. As a carrier of guided weapons - very suitable.

    That's right, only the background is not the same. Deliver Russia aircraft to Azerbaijan in full; this is a sharp imbalance of forces. Accordingly, in the inevitable conflict, political losses will exceed economic ones. There are no supplies.
    Buying a TCB prelude before buying any new or used platform from Europe or Asia. And which TCB is not so important as the possibility of contacts with the European Union, which Azerbaijan is doing. The normal policy of balancing small states between a rock and a hard place.
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  17. Ros 56 25 February 2020 15: 54 New
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    And what are they cheaper than the Yak-130?
  18. fa2998 25 February 2020 17: 16 New
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    This is a complete failure.

    I don’t even remember everything, in what agreements Russia and Azerbaijan are, probably a dozen. Wow, such an ally! And how to buy airplanes, so in Italy. His twin is made in Russia. hi
  19. Ax Matt 25 February 2020 17: 35 New
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    It may also be that ours gained more from this situation: the Italo-French (and the Germans participated) since the 80s have been very similar, and I must say excellent Alfa Jet UBS. And we only have Czech "Albatrosses" ... Schools of their full-fledged lightweight airborne assault attack aircraft, as such, did not exist. Therefore, most likely the failed contract was destroyed for political reasons (Italy is still an active member of NATO with a serious military-industrial complex).
  20. Grigory_45 25 February 2020 18: 24 New
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    The M-346 training aircraft was designed by the Russian JSC A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau together with the Italian company L'Alenia Aermacchi.
    it’s necessary to lie like that! Together with the Italians, the Yak / AEM-130 was designed, in fact, the Italians sponsored the project (but also brought their ideas for the concept of the aircraft, it was from their submission that they made a combat training aircraft).
    But then yes, the ways of the companies diverged - the Yakovlevites completed their TCF, and Aermacchi, based on the Yak-130 glider, created its own aircraft, which received the designation M-346 - an aircraft that is structurally similar in many respects to the Yak-130, but completely made from Western materials, equipped Western engines, systems, avionics and weapons.