All Italian Air Force articles – Page 2

  • F-35

    Italian air force aims for F-16 certification for KC-767A tanker


    The Italian air force is seeking to certify refuelling of the Lockheed Martin F-16 using its Boeing KC-767A, to complete a list of types that will operate alongside the tanker.

  • News

    DUBAI: Italy powers up combat jamming system for Tornado


    ​Italy’s air force appears set to join an elite group of services capable of fighting their way into hostile territory by using combat aircraft carrying active jamming technology.

  • USAF MQ-9 at Holloman AFB - Beth Stevenson

    US authorises weapons upgrade for Italian Reapers


    Italy is planning to arm its air force's fleet of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 unmanned air vehicles, according to a US government export body, becoming the first country to benefit from relaxed export restrictions on the Reaper.

  • News

    Italian style: 10 iconic aircraft from Italy


    To coincide with our focus on Italy’s aerospace industry, we highlight 10 memorable aircraft the country has produced from the 1940s to the present day, from highly successful exports to the downright quirky. As with almost all Italian products, few of these examples lack in style.

  • Italian air force T-346a

    ANALYSIS: Italian air force makes flying start with T-346A trainer


    In 2016, the Italian air force is set to mark the 70th anniversary of flight training activities at its Lecce-Galatina air base, also an early milestone in the transition to its newest instructional model.

  • Hammerhead - Piaggio

    Piaggio confident of securing second P.1HH customer by Farnborough


    Piaggio Aerospace is committed to securing a second European customer for its P.1HH HammerHead unmanned air vehicle by July’s Farnborough air show, following launch customer Italy’s commitment earlier this year to purchase six aircraft and three ground stations, for delivery in 2016.

  • G550 AEW Italy - AirTeamImages

    Italy's first AEW-roled G550 nears delivery


    ​The Italian air force’s first of two Gulfstream G550 business jets to undergo modification to an airborne early warning and control system configuration, appears set for delivery to the service.

  • USAF MQ-9 at Holloman AFB - Beth Stevenson

    CAE reveals plans for extending Predator training


    CAE’s defence lead has revealed plans to replicate the unmanned air vehicle training that it offers to the US Air Force to more operators of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems family of Predator UAVs.

  • T-346A Lecce - Craig Hoyle Flightglobal

    Alenia Aermacchi sets dual-role path for M-346


    ​Alenia Aermacchi is close to finalising the design of an enhanced, dual-role version of its M-346 advanced jet trainer, as the first batch of Italian student pilots enters training with its current model.

  • M-345 Frecce - Alenia Aermacchi

    M-345 demonstrator to fly by mid-2016


    ​Italy’s M-345 trainer programme will be advanced next year with the first flight of a development example equipped with a new engine and modern avionics, Alenia Aermacchi says.

  • F-35A Italy AL-1 - Lockheed Martin

    First flight success for Italian-assembled F-35


    ​The first F-35 Lightning II to have been assembled away from Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth site in Texas has performed its debut flight, from Cameri air base in Italy.

  • Tanker

    Italian KC-767 tanker completes its first F-35 refuelling


    Italy’s F-35 programme has passed a key test, with an Italian Air Force KC-767A tanker refuelling a Lockheed Martin F-35A for the first time.

  • Hammerhead

    PARIS: HammerHead shown in Italian air force livery


    ​The Italian air force’s future unmanned air vehicle has been touted in its true colours at the show, with the 28º Gruppo UAV sqn markings – a witch on a broom – appearing on the side of the Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH HammerHead.

  • F-16 BAP - Royal Norwegian Air Force

    NATO rotates Baltic air policing force


    ​NATO has made its latest force rotation to deliver the Baltic Air Policing mission protecting the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with Norway to lead the activity until 31 August.

  • European tankers - Anno Gravemaker

    European tanker exercise points towards combined fleet


    ​Tanker aircraft from four nations are nearing the completion of a European Defence Agency-backed exercise which is intended to increase interoperability and cooperation.

  • Hammerhead - Piaggio

    HammerHead UAV prototype makes maiden flight


    ​Piaggio Aerospace has announced that a prototype of its P.1HH HammerHead unmanned air vehicle has carried out its maiden flight.

  • M-346 Italy - Alenia Aermacchi

    Italian air force acquires three more M-346 trainers


    ​The Italian air force is to acquire three more Alenia Aermacchi M-346 trainer aircraft under a € 120 million ($147 million) contract awarded on 22 December.

  • Italian Predator B - Italian air force

    Italy describes desires for upgraded Reaper fleet


    ​The Italian air force has confirmed that it is in the process of acquiring the Rafael Reccelite reconnaissance pod and has its sights sets on the Selex ES Seaspray 7500E radar to upgrade its fleet of General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles.

  • Tornado trio - Craig Hoyle

    Tornado could fly on into 2030s, partners say


    Europe’s Panavia Tornado will remain in use as a relevant frontline asset for more than another 10 years, according to its programme partners, even though one of its main operators does not plan to retain the type beyond the end of this decade.

  • News

    Two Italian Tornados collide during training flight


    ​Two Italian military jets collided during a 19 August afternoon training flight, the country’s air force has confirmed.