Italy has begun the process of acquiring another batch of 24 Eurofighter Typhoons to replace the oldest examples of the multirole fighter in its fleet.

In a brief notice to the Italian parliament, defence minister Guido Crosetto has submitted a draft resolution seeking approval for “the acquisition of 24 F-2000 aircraft and the technical-logistical support of the entire fleet”.

F-2000 is the official designation for the multinational type. No further detail on delivery timelines or budgets were provided.

Italian air force Eurofighter

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Approval for the purchase is being sought from the budget and foreign affairs committees, which are supposed to deliver a verdict by the middle of August.

Speaking to FlightGlobal at the ILA Berlin air show in June, Leonardo co-general manager Lorenzo Mariani indicated that the Italian order was in the works.

Leonardo is a member of the three-company consortium that developed the fighter, alongside Airbus Defence & Space and BAE Systems.

The Italian air force requirement is to acquire new fighters to replace its oldest Tranche 1-standard examples.

FlightGlobal’s 2024 World Air Forces directory lists the service as currently operating 90 units of the multirole jet.