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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.....

"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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