Leonardo has showcased the M-346 jet trainer aircraft to the Azerbaijani authorities.
A presentation of new generation M-346 jet trainer aircraft, manufactured by Italy’s Leonardo Aircraft company, was held at an air base of Azerbaijan’s Air Force on May 10, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, that was reported by azeridefence.com.
The leadership of the Ministry of Defence inspected the aircraft, then a comprehensive briefing was given on its technical data, operation and other capabilities.
The M-346 Master is an advanced and lead-in fifth-generation fighter trainer. The M-346 provides combat pilot training for front line fighters with high angle-of-attack capability. The aerodynamic design of the M-346 uses vortex lift to provide manoeuvrability and controllability at very high angle-of-attack using a fly-by-wire control system.
The M-346 can climb at the rate of 127m/s. The maximum and cruise speed of the aircraft are 1,092km/h and 1,059km/h respectively. Its stall speed is 166km/h. The range and service ceiling of the M-346 are 2,590km and 13,700m respectively. Its take-off run is 320m, while the landing run is 470m. The aircraft weighs around 4,610kg and its maximum take-off weight is 9,000kg.