The Israel Air Force showed off its new cutting-edge training aircraft, the M-346, on Thursday.

The plane underwent a successful test flight, and was presented at a ceremony in Italy by provider Alenia Aermacchi. Officials from the Defense Ministry brokered theUSD $1 billion dollar deal to purchase 30 jets from the Italian manufacturer in July 2012, and on Thursday representatives from the ministry and the IAF attended the event.

The first two jets are expected to arrive in Israel over the summer, and the remaining aircraft will gradually be shipped over the next two years. […]