Lavi M-346

The model

Brand: Kinetic
Title: Alenia M-346 Master
Number: K48063
Scale: 1:48
Released: 2018 | Initial release – new tool
Type: Full kit

The real jet


Type Trainer aircraft
Manufacturing Country Italy
Dimensions Length: 11.49 meters; height: 4.76 meters; wingspan: 9.72 square meters
Performance Service ceiling: 13,715 m (45,000 ft); Range: 1890 km; Maximum speed: 1,250 km/h;
Weight 4610 kg
Engine Honeywell
Year entered to service 2014


General Description

The first Italian M-346 “Lavi” (Hebrew for Lion) landed in the Hazerim Airbase in July 2014 during Operation “Protective Edge”.

The “Lavi” is an innovative aircraft in its field, as its abilities are almost identical to the F-16’s but as opposed to its counterparts, it was created as an instruction aircraft. As such, it is lacks weapons systems and allows its operator to fly with optimal safety.

What makes the aircraft the best instructor is not only its new engine or maneuverability. Its heart is actually the virtual threat system. The system makes it possible to simulate a plethora of threats, from a Syrian “MiG” attack, through “Hezbollah” Lebanese terror organization anti-aircraft weapon to “Hamas” Palestinian terror organization arms warehouses in the Gaza Strip.

The system creates the option to train with all of the complex physiological sensations which come with flying a jet while at the same time simulating the execution of an operational mission.

The “Lavi” will completely change the training of future IAF fighter pilots and WSOs.

Source: IAF

The M-346 Master is an advanced jet trainer and light strike aircraft. Initially a joint Alenia Aermacchi/Yakovlev venture, the partnership dissolved in 2000 and the
M-346 was developed separately from the Yak-130. First flown in 2004, the M-346 is now fully operational with the air forces of Israel, Italy, Poland, and Singapore. As published by Air Force Technology, the M-346 Master is an advanced and lead-in fifth-generation fighter trainer. The M-346 provides combat pilot training for front-line fighters with high angle-of-attack capability. Powered by a pair of Honeywell F124 turbofan engines, it is capable of transonic flight without using an afterburner. During the design process the twin concepts of “design-to-cost” and “design-to-maintain” were adhered to, reducing acquisition and operational costs. The per flying hour costs of the M-346 are reportedly one-tenth of those of the Eurofighter Typhoon. Outside of the training role, the M-346 was designed from the onset to accommodate additional operational capabilities includina combat missions such as close air support and air police duties.

Name Original Ammo Mig
Matt Black   0046
Satin White   0047
Silver   0195
Gray Blue   0210
Jet Exhaust Burnt Iron   0187
Rubber & Tires   0033
Warhead Metallic Blue   0196
Metallic Red   0188
Light Compass Ghost Gray   0203
Medium Gunship Gray   0204
Medium Gray   0211
Grey   0059