The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited one of the country’s air bases, where he was presented with the new aircraft purchased in Italy and Brazil.
In particular, on the occasion of the presentation, the first pair of Leonardo M346FA light attack / training aircraft and the C-27J Spartan were shown, the first of which was delivered on 1 June followed by the second on 1 August.
It should be noted that President Berdimuhamedov wanted to personally “test” the M-346 “01” aircraft, flying in the rear cockpit paired with the “02” model. The two aircraft still showed the Italian civil registrations CSX55263 and CSX 55264, a clear sign that they had just been delivered.
The Turkmenistan Air Force is the launch customer of the M-346FA light combat version of which it has purchased four units along with a pair of M-346FT light fighter / trainers.
President Berdimuhamedov also got acquainted with the first pair of Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack / training aircraft of which six are expected to be purchased.