Leonardo DRS T-100 is already training F-35 pilots

M-346 is training side-by-side with the F-35 in Italy
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The Leonardo DRS T-100 is an advanced variant of the M-346 trainer, a globally proven training jet for air forces around the world.  Today, the aircraft is actively training pilots to fly the F-35 for the Netherlands, Israel and Italy.  Additionally, the M-346 is training side-by-side with the F-35 in Italy.

In open government procurement bids, the T-100 has been awarded four of five international programs against the current T-X competition.  It has been selected by Poland, Singapore, U.A.E. and Israel   It has logged more than 18,500 training sorties with more than 30 aircraft for the Israeli Air Force.

Complete with a superior live, virtual constructive (LVC) training system, the T-100 has the most advanced, customer-proven, fully integrated training program in use today.  The ground-based training system connects with a state-of-the-art aircraft cockpit-embedded processor that is able to simultaneously link a number of aircraft and ground-based simulators for smooth, multi-pilot training.  This LVC system is specifically called for the in the Air Force R.F.P., and the M-346 training system has long used this to train pilots around the world. The seamless training environment requires less time and effort to qualify for combat readiness.

The T-100 Integrated Training System is a proven, low-cost, low risk, fifth-generation pilot training solution for the U.S. Air Force T-X program, and it is ready now.  It will be built in the United States in a new manufacturing facility in Tuskegee, Alabama.

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