Devilfish From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4852 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2888 times:
Despite its demo aircraft's recent crash in Dubai, Alenia Aermacchi's M-346 AJT and LIFT platform flies away a winner in the IASDF face off against KAI's T-50, amid allegation of the process being "unfair".....
Quote: "Israel will be able to use Washington's Foreign Military Financing mechanism to complete the purchase, as the M-346 is powered by Honeywell F124 engines and features other systems also manufactured in the USA.
If concluded, the Israeli deal will represent Alenia Aermacchi's biggest sales success with the M-346. Early this month, it delivered the second production example of the type to the Italian air force from an initial six-aircraft order; and later this year it will hand over the first of 12 under contract for the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The company has yet to comment about the selection, but confirmed that it has been informed of the decision."
This other report provides insights into the assessment.....
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2934 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2820 times:
Either plane would have been a good choice. I think the Koreans really shot themselves in the foot, however, by continuing to expand business ventures in Iran (I'm looking at you, Daewoo electronics) and not agreeing to oil sanctions.