ITALIAN TORNADO FORCE

Ghedi air base, near Brescia in the province of Lombardy, is home to 6º Stormo ‘Alfredo Fusco’. Since the disbandment of 50º Stormo, and 15 5º Gruppo’s return to 6º Stormo, the base has become home to all of Italy’s Tornado squadrons. Niels Roman, Roy van Sonsbeek and Robin Coenders report.

ITALIAN TORNADOS

HARM-toting MM7070 ‘50-06’ gets airborne from Ghedi. This aircraft is an ECR variant, designated EA-200B in Italian service. The electronic attack jets of 155º Gruppo ‘Pantere Nere’ were integrated within Ghedi-based 6º Stormo after the closure of parent 50º Stormo.
Robin Coenders

IN ALMOST 35 years of Aeronautica Militare (AM, Italian Air Force) service, a combination of enhancements and major upgrades has ensured the Tornado remains one of NATO’s premier attack aircraft.

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