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48 x M-346 "Master" pour les Émirats Arabes Unis

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Cette nouvelle semble avoir passé plutôt discrètement en février dernier mais elle

n'en demeure pas moins importante sur le marché des Jet Trainers.

1.

Le M-346 a désormais l'identité de "Master" suite à un concours à cet effet

2.

En plus d'une petite série de 15 x M-346 Master pour l'Aeronautica Militare

Italiana ( AMI ) avec options confirmée......

.........une commande de 48 x M-346 "Master" est confirmée pour les

Émirats Arabes Unis, dont la majorité seront assemblés à Mubadala,

Abu-Dhabi.

;)

Glevass

Rome, 25 February 2009

The United Arab Emirates Government selects Finmeccanica for 48 M-346

advanced lead-in fighter trainer aircraft

The United Arab Emirates Government today announced at IDEX 2009 (International Defence

Exhibition & Conference) in Abu Dhabi that it had begun negotiations for the acquisition of 48 M-346

advanced lead-in fighter trainer aircraft manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company.

The agreement, which also includes the creation of a joint venture in the UAE between Alenia

Aermacchi and the Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) to establish a final assembly line for

the M-346, is the result of close collaboration between the Italian Government and the defence

industry, which have worked together to capitalise on Italian excellence in the aeronautics high-tech

sector.

"The selection of the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 by the United Arab Emirates Government represents a

huge success for the Italian high-tech industry” said Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, Chairman and CEO

of Finmeccanica.

“It is an endorsement of considerable strategic value for Finmeccanica, as it confirms

the supremacy of this advanced next-generation trainer aircraft at international level and paves the

way for further successes in the global markets, where others important campaigns are already under

way.

The UAE Government’s selection of the M-346 forms part of a broader industrial co-operation

agreement recently signed by Finmeccanica and Mubadala which foresees, among other things, the

manufacturing of aerostructures in composite materials for the civil sector in Abu Dhabi”.

The M-346 “Master”

The M-346 “Master”, designed and developed by Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, is the

only new generation advanced lead-in fighter trainer aircraft currently under development in Europe.

The twin engine M-346 is tailored to train pilots to fly future combat aircraft and will be used in every

phase of advanced and pre-operational training, reducing the hours flown on more expensive aircraft.

In order to optimise training effectiveness and operating costs, the M-346 embodies the latest

concepts of “design-to-cost”, supportability and production optimisation, with an high level of

performances and a human-machine interface representative of new generation combat aircraft such

as the Eurofighter, the Rafale, the F-16 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

   

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Son concurrent n'était-il pas le KAI T-50 sud-coréen? Il faut croire que l'offre italienne de construction dans les émirats a dû emporter la décision...

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Le T50 est un peu plus cher, supersonique, bref overkill pour un simple trainer quand on a déjà une bonne aviation. Point non négligeable également, géographiquement comme stratégiquement parlant, la Corée est un peu loin des EAU.

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Le T50 est un peu plus cher, supersonique, bref overkill pour un simple trainer quand on a déjà une bonne aviation. Point non négligeable également, géographiquement comme stratégiquement parlant, la Corée est un peu loin des EAU.

Oui mais le T-50 rassemble une grande part de technologies américaines (d'où soutien US) et les émirats, tout comme les autres pays du Golfe, ne sont pas réputés pour regarder à la dépense et achètent généralement ce qui se fait de mieux.

J'ai l'impression que le M346 va devenir la nouvelle référence des appareils d'entrainement occidentaux pour les années à venir...

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