Italian Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer was presented to the Azerbaijani Air Force at one its airbases according to the press service of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense.
Zekir Hasanov, the Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan inspected the aircraft after which a comprehensive briefing was given on the aircraft’s specifications.
The M-346 Master is an advanced and lead-in fifth-generation fighter trainer developed by Alenia Aermacchi (Italy), a Finmeccanica company. The aircraft is a development of the YAK/AEM-130, a joint program with Yakolev Design Bureau and Sokol Manufacturing Plant of Russia. In July 2000, Alenia Aermacchi announced that it would cancel the joint project and develop the aircraft alone, as the M-346.