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January 16, 2012 5:34 pm
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IAF Says Italian Fighter Jets Over South Korean

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Italy M-346 Master. Photo: IAF.

Haaretz – Israel Air Force has recommended buying Italian-made training jets to replace its ageing fleet. The Defense Ministry and the Israel Defense Forces are expected to make their choice between the Korean T-50 Golden Eagle trainer jet and Italy’s M-346 Master within a few weeks. The deal is valued at about a billion dollars.

The new aircraft is to replace the IAF’s ageing fleet of U.S.-made A-4 Skyhawks as the first planes flown by combat pilots in training.

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