Fifth-generation TLP

Riccardo Niccoli reports from Amendola Air Base, Italy, on the first NATO Tactical Leadership Programme course to include the F-35 Lightning II

Aeronautica Militare Chief of Staff, General Alberto Rosso meets the media at Amendola.
Troupe Azzurra/Aeronautica Militare
Aeronautica Militare MQ-9A Predator B marked AV-SA-0010 with the American serial number 09-160 and the Italian code 32-42.
Riccardo Niccoli
F-35A MM7360/32-10 leads a Luftwaffe Tornado on takeoff from Amendola.
Troupe Azzurra/Aeronautica Militare

THE FOURTH NATO Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) course for 2018 was held away from its normal home base at Albacete, Spain. This year’s fourth course was organised by Italy and hosted by Amendola Air Base, the very first staged to test and evaluate the integration of fourth and fifth-generation fighters. It was attended by more than 900 military personnel, and involved about 50 aircraft from five countries.

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