Posted by- Neelam Mathews
June 26, 2011
Alenia Aermacchi – a company of Finmeccanica’s Aeronautics Sector led by Alenia Aeronautica – has finalised with Singapore's ST Aerospace, the logistics support contracts for the 12 M-346 trainers sold at the end of September 2010 for the Singapore Air Force.
The two contracts are expected to generate total sales of around EUR 170 million.
The first contract (Supply Chain Management) envisages the joint management of the M-346 suppliers by Alenia Aermacchi and ST Aerospace (after-sales support, including spare parts provisioning, repair and overhaul services) with sharing of risks, sales and profits between the two companies.
The other contract (Operations and Support) concerns instead the supply by Alenia Aermacchi of engineering support, program/contract management and field support services.
“The two contracts for Singapore confirm the success of the high-technology Italian industry and the primacy at international level of this aircraft and of its integrated training system. Once again we are particularly proud for the positive relationship with both the Republic of Singapore Air Force, known to be one of the most sophisticated Air Forces in the world, and our industrial counterpart, ST Aerospace,"Alenia Aeronautica’s CEO and Responsible for Finmeccanica’s Aeronautics Sector says.
The M-346 is the only new generation trainer optimised for the role.The aircraft is tailored to train pilots to fly new-generation combat aircraft and is well suited for every phase of advanced and pre-operational training, to reduce the flight hours on the more expensive frontline aircraft. The aircraft embodies the latest “design-to-cost” and “design-to-maintain” concepts, with avionics modelled upon those of new-generation military aircraft such as Eurofighter, Gripen, Rafale, F-16, F-18, F-22 and the future JSF. Its flexible platform is configured also for the operational roles as a Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), says a statement.