Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
21 October 2016
The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has evaluated the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer and light fighter as a potential new front-line platform.
FAA pilots flew the aircraft in Italy on 12 and 13 October, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 19 October. The FAA delegation was hosted by the Italian Air Force's (Aeronautica Militare Italiana - AMI) 61° Stormo (Wing) at Lecce.
In an article posted on its website, the Italian MoD noted that the FAA was especially interested in testing the M-346's air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities. Although billed primarily as a jet trainer platform, the M-346 does have a secondary offensive capability.
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