Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Enaer Teams Up With Aermacchi For Trainers
Chile's air force-owned aerospace company is hooking up with Alenia Aermacchi on the Italian company's M-346 new-generation trainer jet and M-311 basic trainer. The partnership aims to market the planes to Latin American countries and opens the door to joint production of the aircraft by Enaer. That gives Alenia Aermacchi, a unit of Finmeccanica SpA, the inside track on Chile's upcoming contract for new trainers. The agreement is the biggest headline so far out of the Fidae air show this week in Santiago. Another noteworthy item was news that the U.S. Air Force will conduct training exercises with Chile's air force.