AERMACCHI SpA (Subsidiary of Aeronautica Macchi SpA)
Aermacchi is aircraft manufacturing company of Aeronautica Macchi group; plants at Venegono airfield occupy total area of 274,000 m2 (2,949,300 sq ft), including 113,000 m2 (1,216,300 sq ft) covered space; flight test centre has covered space of 5,100 m2 (54,900 sq ft) in total area of 28,000 m2 (301,400 sq ft). Subsidiary company is Logic avionics.
Aermacchi was one of two Italian assembly centres for AMX, having produced 36, plus nine AMX-Ts; also has important roles in Eurofighter Typhoon and Yakovlev Yak-130 programmes, offering Westernised version of latter as M-346. In January 1996, Aermacchi obtained production rights to the former Valmet L-90TP Redigo turboprop trainer, which was redesignated M-290TP Redigo. On 1 January 1997, Aermacchi acquired all training activities and programmes of SIAI-Marchetti, including the SF.260 and S.211 (but not SF.600 Canguro, which obtained by VulcanAir) and support of earlier S.205s and S.208s remaining in service. Production was then transferred from Sesto Calende to the Aermacchi plant at Venegono. Continues to promote S.211, including 'glass cockpit' upgrade, although no recent sales achieved.
Allied with Dassault, EADS and SAAB in undertaking feasibility study (contract signed 2 December 2002) for 12-nation Eurotrainer military training scheme). Since 1960, 2,000 Aermacchi trainers have been bought by 40 countries.