Israel’s First M-346 Lavi Advanced Trainer Taking Shape in Italy

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This is how the M346I could look like when it is delivered in 2014
This is how the M346I could look like when it is delivered in 2014

Alenia Aermacchi’s plant in Venegono has begun assembling Israel’s first M-346 advanced jet trainer. The three major components of the first aircraft are currently being joined to form the aircraft’s structure. Israel’s first M-346 – to be called Lavi – in IAF designation – will make its way down the assembly line and roll out of the factory for final checks and delivery to the IAF in the mid of 2014. Israel ordered a total of 30 M-346 as advanced trainers to replace the TA-4 Skyhawk and F-16A/B s Falcons currently in service.

Israel is expecting to receive the first two aircraft in 2014 with remaining 28 to be delivered through 2016.

Alenia Aermacchi’s plant in Venegono has begun assembling Israel's first M-346 advanced jet trainer. Photo: Alenia
Alenia Aermacchi’s plant in Venegono has begun assembling Israel’s first M-346 advanced jet trainer. Photo: Alenia