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Farnborough 2016: Leonardo unveils dual-role M-346 (video)

11th July 2016 - 10:02 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Farnborough

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Newly re-branded aerospace manufacturer Leonardo has unveiled a dual-role variant of its M-346 trainer aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow, which can be used for both training and operational missions.

Known as the M-346FT (Fighter Trainer), the aircraft utilises the same hardware as the trainer variant but integrates a number of systems and sensors for combat missions including homeland security, close air support and tactical reconnaissance.

Weapons that can be integrated include air-to-air missiles, gun pods, rocket launches and laser-guided weapons. Other missions systems include tactical data link, radar warning receiver, chaff and flare dispenser and secure radios.

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Grant Turnbull

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Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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