If ever there was a rare breed analogy for aircraft, Harriers in Europe would come near the top of the list. The Italian Navy may have signed up for the F-35B, but its Harriers are still going strong.
FORCE REPORT // ITALIAN HARRIERS
THE ITALIAN NAVY (Marina Militare) has long played an important role within the country’s military. However, its GRUPAER (Gruppo Supporto Aerei Imbarcati della Marina Militare) is one of the youngest naval squadrons worldwide and the Marina Militare’s sole xed-wing unit. All the more remarkable, then, that it flies the Harrier: arguably among the most complex and demanding fast jets in the world.