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Israeli Cadets Get New Jet Trainers

Israeli Cadets Get New Jet Trainers

Starting in January, Israel Air Force (IAF) cadets will take to the skies in new Lavi advanced trainers, the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jets slated to replace A-4 Skyhawks by 2016 in Flying Tiger Squadron 102.

Five of 30 aircraft on order arrived here in recent months, along with the first of four ground-based training systems to be co-located at the service’s Hatzerim base in the Negev desert.

Over the past year, an initial group of seasoned IAF pilots was trained and certified at Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346 facility near Varese, Italy. Follow-on groups began training in Israel last summer and, once certified, will supplement IAF cadres of certified instructors.

For the complete story by Barbara Opall-Rome of DefenseNews.com, click here.

Photo by Israeli Air Force

Updated: December 1, 2014 — 10:43 AM

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