Skip to comments.IAF looks to Korea, Italy for training aircraft
Posted on 12/30/2010 7:59:17 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
IAF looks to Korea, Italy for training aircraft
By YAAKOV KATZ
Pilot school cadets would use trainers before advancing to combat jets.
The Israel Air Force has issued an official request for information from Korean and Italian aerospace companies for new training aircraft that pilot school cadets would use before advancing to combat jets.
The request was issued several weeks ago after it was delayed due to the Antitrust Authoritys concerns that a proposal for leading industries to buy the aircraft and lease them to the air force was illegal.
The two leading candidates to replace the Skyhawk are Italys Alenia Aermacchi M- 346 transonic trainer aircraft, in use in Italy and Singapore, and the Korean Aerospace Industries T-50 Golden Eagle.
The T-50 can carry two pilots and, with a high-mounted canopy and tandem seating, allows them superior visibility. It is one of the best trainers in the world. In recent weeks, IAF pilots have traveled to South Korea and Italy to fly the planes and evaluate their performance.
IAF sources said they were impressed by both aircraft.
According to one officer, the T-50 was particularly impressive because of its similarity to the F-16 fighter jet, which makes up the bulk of the IAFs fleet.
The Skyhawk served prominently in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and in the First Lebanon War in 1982, but has been used for the past 20 years or so as an advanced trainer for cadets in the IAF pilots course after they complete their initial flight training on turboprops.
As my niece would say:
The M-346 is “cuter.” :)
If Italian cars are any comparison, they look pretty, look good on paper, and break down in 2 weeks. The IAF revolutionized turnaround in the 1950s.
Did you know that the Aermacchi M-346 is only a licensed copy of the russian Jakowlew Jak-130 ?
Wow, didn’t know that!
Thanks for the info!
The M-346 is based on the Russian Yak-130 but is not licensed or in any way dependent on the Russians. The Yak was supposed to be jointly developed by Italy and Russia but the programme collapsed due to differences. It wouldn’t have been offered to the US or Israel if it was dependent on Russian support.
That’s a rather misleading analogy. The Aermacchi trainers have been around for decades and have served well with airforces the world over. The M-346 itself has been selected by two rather demanding customers-Singapore and the UAE. Pretty much the only significant advantage the Korean product has is it probably have greater potential as a strike platform.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.