Friday, July 2, 2010

Singapore chooses Italy's M-346 Trainer Jet

Singapore's government has selected Italy's Alenia Aermacchi, maker of the M-346 aircraft, as the preferred bidder in its trainer jet contest. As a result, South Korea's T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft suffered a second defeat, following a loss last year in a trainer jet competition in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The UAE selected the M-346 over the T-50, jointly built by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Lockheed Martin of the United States, as the preferred bidder for a $1.3 billion deal to acquire 48 trainer jets. The Italian company has failed to finalize an agreement with the UAE, reportedly over a side deal concerning the joint development of UAVs.
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M-346 seems to come out strong in recent advanced trainer competitions

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