Oct 3, 2013
Italy commits to M-345 HET trainer
The replacement decision was announced by defence minister Mario Mauro during a ceremony to mark the end of the season for the air force's MB-339-equipped Frecce Tricolori aerobatic display team.
Alenia Aermacchi and Italy's National Armaments Directorate signed an agreement at the Paris air show in July 2013 to jointly define the operational specifications and collaborate on the development of the M-345 basic/advanced trainer. The type is expected to enter service between 2017 and 2020.