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Poland orders four additional M-346s

21st December 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Armament Inspectorate of Polish Ministry of National Defense has exercised an option to acquire four more M-346 advanced jet trainers from Leonardo for pilot training.

The acquisition is part of a contract signed in March 2018. The option, valued at approximately €130 million, also includes a support package as well as an upgrade of the entire M-346 fleet to the NATO STANAG 4193 Edition 3 IFF standard developed by Leonardo.

These aircraft will bring Poland’s fleet of M-346s to 16, enabling the Polish Air Force to complete its lead-in-fighter training fleet modernisation with deliveries by the end of 2022.

Lucio Valerio Cioffi, managing director, aircraft division, Leonardo, said: ‘With a comprehensive training system including a fleet of 16 M-346s, the Polish Air Force will have an outstanding, state-of-the-art training environment for its next generation of pilots.’

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