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Meet The 'New' M-346 Lavi

Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:55 pm

What's in a name? That which we call a trainer by any other name would still be as effective.....

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...vi-reborn-as-renamed-m-346-387862/

Quote:
"The Israeli air force is to name its Alenia Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainer the 'Lavi', re-using the name previously carried by the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) fighter developed in the 1980s and scrapped because of heavy US opposition.

The first of 30 M-346s is due to be delivered to Israel in 2014, with its arrival expected to transform the air force's fast jet training system.
"


.....or wouldn't it?

Interesting how the name previously associated with the discontinued fighter project now finds itself attached to a trainer that in most likelihood would contest the USAF T-X requirement (once funded) against the T-1000...the name given for this competition to LockMart's version of KAI's T-50...the latter drawn heavily from the F-16...the alleged copying of which caused the original Lavi's 'arrested' development in the first place.

[Edited 2013-07-02 10:02:58]
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