Leonardo is displaying a model of its M-345 training platform, which it is calling Tutor II in the Canadian setting. The name references the long-serving Canadair CT-114 Tutor that still provides the mount of the 'Snowbirds' display team.
As well as positioning the M-345 as a candidate to fill some of the platform requirements for Canada's forthcoming Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) requirement, Leonardo (Booth 1511) is promoting the Tutor II as a natural replacement for the current 'Snowbirds' aircraft, which have only a few years of service remaining. The M-345 has been been selected by the Italian 'Frecce Tricolori' team.
Leonardo Canada is one of the qualified suppliers listed in December 2018 for the FAcT programme, but the nature of the requirement, and of the company's response, has yet to be finalised. In the meantime, Leonardo's aircraft division is marketing the aircraft to all potential FAcT bidders, which comprise Airbus, Babcock, Lockheed Martin, SkyAlyne (CAE and KF Aerospace), and Leonardo itself.