Alenia Aermacchi has achieved military-type certification for its M-346 trainer from the Italian defence ministry,

The company's chief executive, Guiseppe Giordo, said the move was a "major milestone" for the programme that demonstrated "the maturity" of the jet.

It is currently being pitched in four trainer or fighter competitions in Poland, the USA, Nigeria and Israel.

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Poland is the most important of these as it asks for both trainer and light combat variants of the aircraft, said Giordo.

"We believe we have a good opportunity to win the Polish competition and go on to develop that configuration for other customers," he said.

The Polish request for proposals is expected shortly, with a decision possible by the end of the year, said Giordo.

Source: Flight Daily News