The M-346 flying with a "weird device" at the base of the canopy

Apr 30 2012 - 1 Comment

The following photograph was taken by Roberto Zanda last week.

It shows the M-346 currently involved in a testing campaign at Decimomannu airbase with a strange device installed on the right hand side.

Most probably it is something like a camera used to film the weapon delivery tests or a large mirror that gives the pilot the possibility to observe the drop (even if it seems to me a bit unlikely).

Image credit: Roberto Zanda

The M-346 “Master” was selected as advanced combat trainer by the Italian Air Force, Israeli Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force.

  • Boffin

    Rear facing camera to film a stores release. Note that the pylon is marked up for a release trial and an additional camera on the centreline facing to Starboard. Probably linked to jettison trials for the new external tank config.