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Finmeccanica to win govt order for 14 trainer aircraft – junior minister UPDATE

Finmeccanica to win govt order for 14 trainer aircraft – junior minister UPDATE

MILAN (Thomson Financial) – Italy’s armed forces intend to acquire 14 M-346 advanced fighter trainer aircraft from Finmeccanica SpA unit Alenia Aermacchi, said defence under-secretary Lorenzo Forcieri.

Speaking in the margins of a conference, Forcieri said: ‘The defence ministry has written in the last few days to the economic development minister about the request for 14 planes.’

An Aermacchi official said the Italian air force recently carried out tests on the M-346, adding he believed the outcome was positive.

The M-346 two-engine jet trainer exists in the form of two prototypes, while production of the first production model has started, he said.

The range of configurations for the plane make it difficult to give a price, he said, noting previous basic jet trainer planes cost 10 mln eur.

nigel.tutt@thomson.com

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