In Full scale – the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master is a military transonic trainer aircraft. The design of the plane is based on the Yak-130, developed by Yakovlev and Aermacchi as a joint venture. The twin-turbofan M-346 is the most advanced lead-in fighter trainer flying today. With its fully digital flight controls and avionics, together with carefree handling and high AOA maneuvering, the M-346 is fully representative of new generation fighters. By downloading a significant proportion of the training syllabus, the M-346 is also extremely cost-effective. It has been ordered by the Air Forces of Italy, Singapore and Israel.
The M-346 is designed for training combat pilots for front line fighter aircraft. It is capable of transonic flight without using an afterburner, which is designed to reduce acquisition and operating costs. Two engines and triple-quadruple redundant systems enhance reliability.
The aerodynamic design of the M-346 uses vortex lift to provide manoeuvrability and controllability at very high angle of attack (up to 40° degrees) using a fly-by-wire control system.
Alenia a has 50/50 joint venture with EADS, named ATR, which dominates the regional turboprop market. With the Russian company Sukhoi, it is developing and marketing the Superjet 100, the most advanced and environmentally friendly regional jet available on the market.
Its subsidiaries include Alenia North America and SuperJet International. Its other international joint ventures and consortia include Eurofighter.
The company combines the businesses, products, sites and traditions of Alenia Aeronautica and Alenia Aermacchi. The name traces its lineage to 1913, when the original Nieuport-Macchi was founded.