Rome, 16 February 2012
Finmeccanica: Israel selects Alenia Aermacchi Italian M-346 trainer aircraft
Finmeccanica, through its company Alenia Aermacchi, has been exclusively selected by
Israel’s Ministry of Defence to provide M-346 aircraft for the training of Israeli Air Force (IAF)
The M-346s, which will make the Israeli Air Force’ new trainers fleet, and will replace the TA-
4 Sky-Hawks, currently operated by IAF (Israel Air Force), will be a total of about 30 aircraft.
The official contract award is scheduled during the semester of 2012 and the airplanes will
be delivered to the customer starting in the middle of 2014.
“The selection represents a huge success not only for Finmeccanica and Alenia Aermacchi
but also for the entire Italian Country System”, Giuseppe Orsi, Chairman and CEO of
Finmeccanica, commented. “We all put a great deal of effort into reaching this goal, both
Industry and the Institutions, together with the Air Force and Diplomacy. The result is even
more significant in a Country as Israel which has an advanced and recognized technology
base, particularly in the Defence Sector. For Italy, continued investment in Italian
technologies is the only way to guarantee a sustainable business development able to
maintain our industrial capabilities and to become more competitive on international
Finmeccanica plays a leading role in the global aerospace and defence industry, and participates in some of the sector’s biggest international programmes through its
group companies and thanks to well-established alliances with European and US partners. A leader in the design and manufacture of helicopters, defence and security
electronics, civil and military aircraft, aerostructures, satellites, space infrastructure and defence systems, Finmeccanica is Italy’s leading high-tech company. It also boasts
significant manufacturing assets and expertise in the transport and energy sectors; it is listed on the Milan stock exchange and operates via a number of group companies
and joint ventures. At September 30 2011, the Finmeccanica Group had 71,050 employees, including 40,435 in Italy, approximately 10,600 in the US, more than 9,400 in
the UK, nearly 3,700 in France, nearly 3,300 in Poland and 990 in Germany. Over 85% of the Group’s employees are based in our three “domestic” markets (Italy, UK,
USA). As part of its drive to maintain and build on its technological excellence, the Finmeccanica Group spends 11% of its revenues on research and development.