Leonardo is pitching its recently relaunched M-345 as a replacement for turboprop platforms that have traditionally been seen as capable yet cheaper alternatives to jet trainer aircraft, Jane's was told on 28 February.
Speaking at the Avalon Airshow, Giovani Timossi, Aircraft Division Marketing and Sales, said that the company is in the early stages of promoting the M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) aircraft to those countries that may have acquired turboprops in the belief that they were suitable lead-in fighter trainers (LIFTs) that were cheaper to procure and operate than jets.
"We are going to promote the M-345 [HET] as an alternative to turboprops, which have now become almost as expensive as jets.
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