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  • Alenia Aermacchi S-211 Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft


    The Alenia Aermacchi S-211 advanced trainer was initially conceived of through a private venture endeavor by SIAI-Marchetti of Italy.

     Updated: 4/22/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com


    Sensing the growing need for light, jet-powered dual-role aircraft, the Italian concern of SIAI-Marchetti proposed a new aircraft through a self-funded, in-house venture designated as the "S.211". The primary target of this program would be its existing operators managing the propeller-driven SF.260 light trainers. Conventional by any regard, the S.211 would allow budget conscious air forces around the world to utilize a modern two-seat training platform that doubled as a light attack aircraft. Such developments were growing in popularity and typified by aircraft types of the period including the Spanish CASA C-101 and the joint French/German Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet.

    Design work on the S.211 began in 1976 to which the project was unveiled publicly in 1977 at the Paris Air Show. Two prototypes were then ordered and the first one went airborne on April 10th, 1981. After a period of trials and evaluations, SIAI-Marchetti was able to net its first procurement order in 1983 through Singapore for ten aircraft. Formal introduction of the type occurred in 1984 with the Singapore Air Force. Production of the aircraft spanned from 1981 into 1994 to which the Philippine Air Force and, later, the Haitian Air Force, joined as operators. In January of 1997, Aermacchi acquired SIAI-Marchetti and production rights to the S.211 was inherited, the designation slightly altered to "S-211". Since the mid-1980s, there have been approximately fifty-eight total S-211 aircraft sold and most were locally assembles under license by the respective customer. Singapore procured 30 units to the Philippines 24. Haiti purchased just 4 examples.


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    Alenia Aermacchi S-211 Technical Specifications


    Service Year: 1984
    Type: Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft
    National Origin: Italy
    Manufacturer(s): SIAI-Marchetti / Alenia Aermacchi - Italy
    Production Total: 58



    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)


    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 30.54 feet (9.31 meters)
    Width: 27.66 feet (8.43 meters)
    Height: 12.47 feet (3.80 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 4,079 lb (1,850 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 6,063 lb (2,750 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance


    Engine(s): 1 x Pratt & Whitney JT15D-4C turbofan engine developing 2,500 lb of thrust.

    Maximum Speed: 414 mph (667 kph; 360 knots)
    Maximum Range: 1,038 miles (1,670 km)
    Service Ceiling: 40,026 feet (12,200 meters; 7.58 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 4,200 feet-per-minute (1,280 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    Variable - up to 1,500lb of external stores underwing to include gun pods, rocket pods and conventional drop ordnance.

    Global Operators / Customers


    Australia; Haiti; Philippines; Singapore; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)


    S-211 - Initial Production Model Designation; 2 x prototypes completed; 58 examples produced under SIAI-Marchetti label.

    S-211A - Proposed variant for US JPATS program; 2 examples modified from ex-Haitian AF models.

    M-311 - Modernized, uprated variant; since redesignated to M-345; under Alenia-Aermacchi label.

    M-345 - Redesignation of M-311 from 2012 onwards.