Italy

Italian Air Force receives first two T-345As

Leonardo handed over its first two T-345A jet trainers to the Italian Air Force on December 22 – kickstarting the delivery of 18 examples to the service

US approves sale of G550 special mission equipment to Italy

The US State Department announced on December 15 that it has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of special mission equipment to Italy for integration on two new Gulfstream G550 aircraft

NATO nations team up to develop next-gen rotorcraft capability

Defence ministers from France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the UK signed a letter of intent on November 19 to design, develop and deliver a new medium-lift multi-role helicopter under a multinational initiative

What we know so far about Leonardo's AW249 attack helicopter

Key.Aero outlines what is known so far about Leonardo Helicopters’ AW249 – an all-new, technologically advanced attack helicopter that is designed to meet rising and evolving threats over the next 30 years

Italian F-35As surpass 5,000 flight hours

The Italian Air Force announced that its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet – operated by the service’s 32nd Wing – had passed the 5,000 flight hour milestone on August 12.

Italian Predator Bs pass flight milestone in Kuwait

Italian Air Force MQ-9A Predator B unmanned aerial systems (UAS), currently deployed at the Ali Al Salem air base in Kuwait, have passed 10,000 flight hours in support of military operations in the region.

Netherlands to receive two more F-35As next month

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) will take delivery of another two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters next month.

Italian MoD contracts Piaggio to support P-180 fleets

Piaggio Aerospace has been contracted by the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide maintenance support for P-180s employed across the nation’s armed forces.

Leonardo M-345 gains Italian certification

Italy’s Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness (DAAA, the Italian Ministry of Defence’s certification authority) has issued initial certification for Leonardo’s M-345 advanced jet training aircraft.

51° Stormo steps up for Italian QRA duties

The Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) has officially added 51° Stormo (51st Wing) as one of its Eurofighter units responsible for conducting national quick reaction alert (QRA) operations.