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Leonardo approaches Slovakia with M-345

12th May 2022 - 09:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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Leonardo M-345 Dual Role Tactical Trainer aircraft. (Photo: Leonardo)

While the L-39NG is having success across the globe, Leonardo’s M-345 trainer aircraft is added to the list of proposed solutions to replace the Slovak Air Force’s ageing L-39 jets.

Leonardo pitched its M-345 Dual Role Tactical Trainer to the Slovak Air Force at the Piestany Air Show in early May.

As Slovakia is set to receive 14 Lockheed Martin F-16Vs by the end of 2023, the Slovak Air Force (Vzdušné sily Slovenskej Republiky: VSR) is required to replace its ageing fleet of seven L-39 CM/L-39ZAMs training aircraft by the mid-2020s.

Leonardo claims the M-345 is ‘an optimal solution to cover the whole pilot’s basic to advanced training and very capable also in supporting operational tasks.’

The M-345 is a digital made aircraft born from the proven experience of the M-346.

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