The Israeli Air Force has taken delivery of the first two of 30 M-346 jet trainers ordered from Italy's Alenia Aermacchi in 2012. (Wikipedia)
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The Israeli Air Force has taken delivery of the first two of 30 M-346 jet trainers ordered from Italyís Alenia Aermacchi in 2012.
The jets arrived on July 9 at Israelís Hatzerim Air Force base, where they will replace TA-4 aircraft.
In a statement, Alenia Aermacchi said another six aircraft are completing assembly at its Venegono facility near Milan and a further five are undergoing structural part assembly. All 30 aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2016.
The M-346 deal was part of a reciprocal accord that also saw Italy purchasing Israeli satellites and early warning aircraft.
Italy has previously delivered 12 aircraft to Singapore, while five of Italyís order of six will be delivered by year end. It is due to start work on assembling eight aircraft for Poland.