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Italy completes delivery of Aermacchi M-346 jet trainers to Israel


VARESE, ITALY (BNS): Israel has received the last Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainer (AJT) from Italy's Leonardo-Finmeccanica this month.

The Israeli Air Force had ordered a total of 30 M-346 AJTs from Italy in 2012.

The first jet was delivered to it in 2014.

The final aircraft was handed over in the Leonardo-Finmeccanica's Venegono Superiore facility at Varese in the presence of Brig. Gen. Shmuel Tzuker of the Israeli Ministry of Defence, the company said on June 9.

The M-346s have replaced the Israeli Air Force's TA-4 Skyhawk planes.

Italy, Israel, Singapore and Poland have ordered a total of 68 Aermacchi M-346s.

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