"the Italians have very good brains, the brains of great inventors"
That dual combat/trainer Italian aircraft with very high performance now being accepted into the Israeli arsenal.
The M-346. Referred to by the Israeli as the Lavi.
"Defense Ministry receives Lavi military training jet from Italy"
"Israel receives first M-346 air force training jet from Italy • After serving the Israeli Air Force for 45 years, the American Skyhawk military jets will be replaced with the Italian aircraft • Plane rolled out in ceremony is part of billion dollar deal with ltaly."
Here a Lavi with Israeli markings. The plane LOOKS SHARP! And has that dual and very credible capability. Cost efficient and effective both!
And replacing the American A-4 Skyhawk. That A-4 a workhorse of the IAF [Israeli Air Force] for many decades.
I might assume the A-4 in the hands of Israeli aviation ordnance having under gone many modifications. The plane as used for that length of time [45 years] not EVEN resembling the original warplane as flown by American combat aviators.
And don't think all those existing Israeli Skyhawk will merely be scrapped and relegated to the trash heap. Some will be export to who knows where?