“Textron Aviation Defense — working in collaboration with Leonardo — is excited to offer the M-346N Integrated Training System (ITS) for the U.S. Navy’s Undergraduate Jet Training System (UJTS) program,” said Tom Webster, vice president for Textron Aviation Defense Global Sales & Strategy. “With a combined history of more than 140 years designing and producing the world’s most prolific military flight trainers, our two companies share a vital top priority — providing and sustaining the world’s finest military flight training systems. The M-346N ITS is backed by a robust Naval Aviation heritage forged by the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor, Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor, Beechcraft T-44 Pegasus, Beechcraft T-6 Texan II, and the Beechcraft T-54A — the U.S. Navy’s latest Multi-Engine Training System (METS) capability.”
“The M-346N features advanced training systems and live, virtual, constructive (LVC) integration techniques already validated by more than 110,000 flight hours training student aviators for 4th and 5th generation fighters including the F-35 Lightning II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the Eurofighter Typhoon,” added Webster. “The proven performance of the M-346N Integrated Training System — combined with our team’s depth of experience delivering the world’s most advanced, most sought-after capabilities for producing 4th and 5th gen pilots — empowers the U.S. Navy with an exciting opportunity to rapidly transition into a proven, low risk, multi-engine, advanced integrated training system primed to produce the world’s finest Naval Aviators. Our team is ready to fly and train today.”
The M-346 is already in service with Italy, Poland, Singapore, Israel, Greece and Qatar and is the backbone of the International Flight Training School (IFTS) established by Leonardo and the Italian Air Force. The IFTS is utilized by Qatar, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Austria, Saudi Arabia, UK, and Canada.
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