The fighter attack variant of the highly appreciated M-346 is designed to provide enhanced mission performance to the air forces on the battlefield.

Leonardo M-346 Dubai Airshow
M-346FA Fighter Attack (Photo: Adrian Pingstone)

During our visit to the Dubai Airshow we noticed a strong interest and appreciation from the audience for Leonardo's new M-346FA Fighter Attack. We visited the static area S18 where the plane was exhibited and we met a delegation of the Kuwait Air Force very interested in the Italian jet.

Kuwait has just signed an agreement to purchase 28 Eurofighter fighter jets and the M-346 could be the right solution for training their pilots. Currently Kuwaiti pilots complete their training at the Italian Air Force 61° Stormo on the T-346A aircraft.

The M-346FA is able to operate very effectively as multi-role tactical aircraft, it features 7 external hard-points for the employ of a extensive variety of air-to-air and air-ground weapons and several external loads such as the advanced Brimstone missile.

Brimstone is a close air support weapon offering to the fast jet pilot the unique capability of engaging a wide range of target types, including fast moving vehicles/vessels in both land and naval environments and in both direct and indirect modes. It is fully integrated onto RAF Tornado GR4 and is intended for integration on Typhoon (More details here) and Future Attack Helicopter.

The M-346FA is also equipped with the Grifo multi-mode fire control radar, it is a state-of-the-art, compact, X-band radar for all-weather sea, ground and air surveillance.

The Italian Air Force has deployed the T-346A as "Aggressor" during the military exercises TLP and Vega 2017 (More details here), demonstrating the great skills in the air-to-air combat of the aircraft.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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