New livery for Leonardo’s M-346 Fighter Attack aircraft

Leonardo M346FA aggressor livery
Leonardo M-346FA in the new aggressor-like camouflage livery.

Aviation Spotter Alessandro Maggia has taken a beautiful picture of Leonardo’s multirole light fighter aircraft with its brand new livery.

Giacomo Iannelli, Leonardo’s M-346FA Test Pilot, said: the excellent flying characteristics and energy levels of the trainer version are basically untouched on the Fighter Attack version.

The M-346FA, which has been ordered by an undisclosed international customer, benefits from all the advanced features of the M-346 trainer while integrating latest generation sensors and equipment, allowing it to operate as an effective light attack aircraft.

The aircraft’s primary sensor is Leonardo’s mechanically-scanning, multi-mode Grifo-M-346 radar, a specially-optimised variant developed by Leonardo for the M-346FA.

The M-346FA is protected by a complete Defensive Aids Sub-System (DASS), while its high-end, network-centric communications suite incorporates a Secure Communications system and Tactical Data Link, which ensures interoperability. In order to interoperate with NATO forces the platform can also employ an alternative datalink, the LINK 16. The M-346FA can employ an extensive range of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry (including IR guided, radar and/or laser/GPS) and can be fitted with a gun pod, reconnaissance , target designation and electronic warfare pods, all integrated with a Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) system for both pilots.

In the training domain, the M-346FA benefits from all the advanced features of the M-346 trainer, including the ability to integrate into live-virtual-constructive (LVC) environments. This involves linking the real training aircraft in the sky with simulators on the ground and incorporating virtual friendly and opposing forces, allowing future pilots to train in a wide range of complex tactical scenarios.

Source: Leonardo
Image: Alessandro Maggia

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