TEL AVIV — Israeli military and defense officials are boasting that their new trainer-and-sensor aircraft deal with Italy provides the Middle Eastern country with a high-grade capability and, just as importantly, opens up Italy and possibly other European markets for Israeli foreign military sales. Israel’s defense ministry this month signed an order for 30 Alenia Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainers at a cost estimated at $1.1 billion. The deal is part of a larger ...


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