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 out of the factory for final checks and delivery to the IASF in the mid of 2014.