Azerbaijan Air Force's M-346FA is getting ready to take off its light assault plane
According to the information provided by Shephard Media , Leonardo company aims to make the first delivery to Azerbaijan with the first flight of the M-346FA light attack aircraft. Leonardo announced on July 23 that the M-346FA light assault aircraft successfully completed its first flight on 13 July with the Grifo-M-346 multi-mode radar made to order.
"The M-346FA offers all the advanced training capabilities of the core M-346 by enabling it to operate as an effective light attack aircraft by integrating the latest generation of sensors and equipment , " said Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Managing Director of Leonardo Aircraft . said. In the continuation of Cioffi's statement, "We will continue to develop as we prepare to deliver the first aircraft to the international launch customer in 2021." gave expressions.
Shephard Media shared the information that Azerbaijan has ordered light assault planes, which will be delivered in 2021.
"The platform can also use Link 16 to work properly with NATO forces , " said M-346FA, including a complete DAS and Tactical Data Link, in a statement by Leonardo . statements took place.
Ammunition can be integrated into the M-346FA light assault aircraft, IR, radar, laser or GPS-guided airborne land. Optional extras include a helmet-mounted display (HMD) system, an optional weapon compartment, reconnaissance and surveillance sensors, target detection systems and electronic warfare kit.
Leonardo M-346FA Light Attack Aircraft Roketsan's MK-81 general purpose grenade with TEBER Guidance Kit (Photo: Arda Mevlütoğlu )
The reports released in August 2019 reported that an "unknown" country bought 6 M-346FAs. It is stated that the country, which is considered to be Azerbaijan with Leonardo, signed the purchase of 6 light attack aircraft in July 2019.
Azerbaijan and Pakistan JF-17 negotiations
Representatives of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) said at IDEAS-18 that all existing problems related to the export of the plane to Azerbaijan were resolved and the tests of the JF-17 Block II configuration requested by Azerbaijan were completed. The Azerbaijani Air Force had been waiting for this version to be used by the Pakistan Air Force for some time. The Block II version, which has been used by the Pakistan Air Force for a while, has proven itself after its use.
One of the major advantages of the Block II version is its ability to refuel in air. The Block II model also features improved avionics, improved load carrying capacity, data connectivity and electronic warfare. The Azerbaijani side is currently reviewing both Chinese and Italian production AESA radars for use in the JF-17.
Pakistan Air Force JF-17 | Anatolian Eagle 2019