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

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.

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