Do you know M-346FA can deceive enemy eyes

M346 low radar cross section kit
Leonardo M346 advanced jet trainer/light combat aircraft.

Among the advanced equipment boasted by the Leonardo M-346FA light combat aircraft, there is one that deserves special attention, the low observation capability kit.

This kit allows to considerably reduce the radar cross section (RCS) of the aircraft providing it with unique benefits.

RCS is the index that measures how detectable an object is by the radar. The lower its value, the less likely the aircraft is to be detected. Thanks to this kit, the RCS of the M-346 is reduced by fifty times.

This type of enhancement is usually designed for front-line combat aircraft, as it allows them to escape the eyes of the enemy on the battlefield. The low RCS helps make stealth aircraft like the F-22 and F-35.

This kit, easy to install and remove, is the result of in-depth studies and tests carried out by Leonardo on the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft, especially on the front area, including the air intakes. The result is equipment that offers the M-346FA greater survivability in battle and a greater chance of mission success.

This demonstrates how the M-346FA was born to be a fighter, boasting all the capabilities typical of modern 30-ton class combat aircraft.

The low RCS, combined with the DASS (Defensive Aids Sub-System) offer the M-346 a unique self-protection system for a platform in its class.

As far as we know, there are currently no other light combat aircraft in the world capable of being less visible to the enemy like the M-346FA.

The aircraft's low detectability, combined with Leonardo's mechanically-scanning, multi-mode Grifo-M-346 radar, a specially-optimized variant developed by Leonardo for the M-346FA, make it effective even in the most modern battlefields.

Its combat effectiveness is also ensured by the wide range of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons (including IR guided, radar and/or laser/GPS) it can employ. In addition, it can be fitted with a gun pod, reconnaissance sensors and target designation pods and electronic warfare, all integrated with a Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) system for both pilots.

The Fighter Attack will be delivered to its first international customer within the year. The trainer version of the M-346 is currently in service with the air forces of Italy, Singapore, Israel and Poland.

The author would like to thank Leonardo for the data provided.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Photo Credit: Leonardo

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