Leonardo and the Paramount Group signed a Letter of Intent to assess the possibility of developing an operational configuration of the M-345 jet trainer for the African market. The agreement will also look into the possible involvement of Paramount in the SF-260 program and its Logistic Support services.

Leonardo’s M-345 lets air forces reduce training times and carry out missions in the training syllabus with cost-efficient training, and it lets trainees use a platform with higher performance flight characteristics than current training aircraft. Pilots will be able to use the trainer to perform planned maneuvers and fly in formation with other airplanes in real time with data-link, which connects them to other pilots in flight and in simulators.