Leonardo has successfully fired a Raytheon AIM-9lL Sidewinder infrared-tracking, short-range air-to-air missile from an Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainer, as part of ongoing weapons integration and development work with the platform.
Intended to validate its safe separation from the aircraft, the missile was released from an underwing pylon at an altitude of 5,000 ft and at a speed of Mach 0.8 at Italy’s Salto del Quirra test range off the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia. Leonardo said initial analysis of the flight-test data showed that all systems performed as predicted.
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