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Date: 14th Apr 2012, Saturday

M-346 Spotted At Sardinia

The first IPA (Initial Production Aircraft) of M-346 Master advanced combat trainer was involved in a testing campaign at Decimomannu airbase in the Italian island of Sardinia. The aircraft was spotted with BRD (Bombs and Rocket Dispencer) for Mk-106s thin-cased cylindrical bombs used to simulate the high-drag (retarded) Mk-82 Snakeye bombs. On a different sortie, the M-346 was seen with two AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles at the wing tip launchers.

Sardinia is the place where the Italian Air Force (ITAF) does their air-to-ground live firing exercise.

Updated On: 12.12.14