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M-346
 
Latest update: May 2017

Company: Leonardo Company (Finmeccanica - until December 31, 2015: Alenia-Aermacchi).
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Israel 30       30 0             30
Italy 20       12 8             12
Poland 8 4     2 6             2
Singapore 12       12 0             12
Total 70 4     56 14             56
 
Comment(s):

Italy:

The company states on their website to have 59 orders for the M-346 which is designated the T-346A in Italian Air Force service. Several aviation news media report 15 ordered T-346As for Italy with three options. Aligned with the companies statement the Italian Air Force would have ordered nine aircraft with 9 option to complete the original 15 aircraft purchase.

Poland:

The M-346s will be based at Deblin and replace the TS-11 Iskra. All aircraft are to be delivered by November 2017.

Date  
   
11-11-16 Delivery of the first two aircraft 7702 and 7703.
06-06-16 Roll-out of the first aircraft 7701.
24-02-16 The first two aircraft entered final assembly during a ceremony attended by Polish Air Force
  officals including the General Commander of the Polish Air Force.
   


United States:

Raytheon will offer the M-346 as T-100 to the USAF T-X program to replace the current Northrop T-38Cs. Leonardo / Raytheon announced on January 25, 2017 that Raytheon withdrew from the competition stating both compenies were unable to reach a business agreement in the best interest for the USAF.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Israel M-346I 30       30 0             30
Italy T-346A 20       12 8             12
Poland M-346A 8 4     2 6             2
Singapore M-346A 12       12 0             12
Total   70 4     56 14             56
 
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Photo gallery
 
The Italian Air Force send two M-346As to the Luchtmachtdagen (RNLAF open house). Photo's are taken during the arrival and static display.
 
     
     
 
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