M-346 Lavi

Operator: Israel
Status: In Service
Number: 30
Cost: Part of $1 billon package
Acquired: 2014-2016
General Specs
Country of origin: Italy
Role: Trainer/Light attack
Manufacturer: Alenia Aermacchi
Introduced: Jul-04
Power plant: 2 x Honeywell F124-GA-200
Thrust: 6,250 lbs each engine
Wingspan: 31.89 ft (9.72 meters)
Length: 37.70 ft (11.49 meters)
Height: 16.11 ft (4.91 meters)
Weight (empty): 10,163 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: 20,945 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4,409 pounds
Speed: 658 mph (Mach 0.86)
Ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,716 meters)
Range: 1726 miles (+ 683.5 miles with 3 x external tanks)
Crew: 2
Armament: 9 hardpoints or 6,600 lbs
Guns External gun pod
Air-to-air AIM-9L/M Sidewinder infrared-guided missile
Air-to-ground GBU-12 Paveway II 500 lb laser-guided bomb
GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II 500 lb GPS/laser-guided bomb
GBU-38 JDAM 500 lb GPS-guided bomb
GBU-39 small diameter bomb
Lizard 2 500 lb laser-guided bomb
Lizard 4 500 lb laser-guided bomb
Rocket pods
Radar/Sensors: External target designator pod
Countermeasures/ Defenses: Radar warning receiver
Chaff and flare dispenser
Misc Systems: Helmet mounted display
Tactical data link
Radar cross section reduction kit
Notes: Weapons and combat sensors included on M-346FT (fighter/trainer) variant.


Israel Poised to Receive First M-346 ‘Lavi’

The Israeli air force’s first Alenia Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainer will land at the service’s Hatzerim air base later this week. A further 29 of the type will follow before the end of 2016. The air force has named the M-346 the “Lavi”; the name previously carried by the Israel Aerospace Industries fighter developed in the […]

Israel Details Lavi Trainer Benefits

The introduction of the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 “Lavi” advanced jet trainer aircraft into the Israeli air force’s inventory will enable the service to reduce the time of its pilot training course by six months. Speaking to the Israeli air force magazine, the commander of the fighting training department at the service’s flight academy – identified only as Lt […]

Israel Unveils New Advanced Training Jets

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 […]

Coming Soon: M-346 Simulator

In the coming months, the construction of the Ground Training Center at the Hatzerim airbase, where simulators for the new M-346 training aircraft will soon be operational, will be completed. Much like the recently-inaugurated combat mission simulator at the Hatzor airbase, the M-346 simulator allows for training flights in formation by connecting the different simulators. […]

Fighters, Missiles and Transport: GCC Spending Priorities Take Shape

WASHINGTON — Despite the pinch on Western defense spending, Middle Eastern nations are continuing to invest in new weapons and capabilities, particularly combat and transport aircraft, missile defenses and cyber warfare technology. And US defense companies see the diverse fleets operated by Middle Eastern air forces as a way to keep production lines open, particularly after […]

Final Assembly for the First Israeli M-346 Advanced Jet Trainer Begins

VENEGONO SUPERIORE, Italy — Alenia Aermacchi’s plant in Venegono has begun assembling Israel’s first M-346 advanced jet trainer. The three major components of the first aircraft–called Lavi in Israeli Air & Space Force– are currently being joined to form the aircraft’s structure. Israeli’s first M-346 will make its way down the assembly line and roll […]