Air International 2013-08
R.Niccoli - Working for the Future /Military/
The AW101 is the new CSAR helicopter scheduled to enter AMI service in 2015 with 9 Stormo at Grazzanise AB, replacing the AB212ICO.
Italy has signed contracts for 96 Typhoons (from Tranche 1, 2 and 3A), but the single-seat Tranche 1 aircraft will be retired from AMI service, and possibly offered on the export market.
The T-346A advanced jet trainer will enter operational service with the 61° Stormo in 2014.
The AMI has acquired six MQ-9A Reapers which were first committed to combat operations over Libya during operation Unified Protector.
The AMI supports the ISAF mission in Afghanistan with a small force of AMX fighters for close air support and reconnaissance missions.
The AMI will receive 13 HH-139 SAR helicopters to replace HH-3F Pelicans.
In 2012 the Italian MoD leased a Gulfstream III/AML from Lockheed Martin for a period of two years to assess the capability of the system.
An MQ-1C Predator inside a shelter at Herat, Afghanistan.
The AMI transport fleet is heavily involved in supporting the Italian contingent in Afghanistan.
Italy is due to receive 60 F-35A Lightning IIs.
The F-35 is the most important acquisition programme for the Italian Air Force, which is due to acquire 60 F-35As and 15 F-35Bs.
KC-767A tankers form the core of the AMI's air-refuelling and strategic transport capabilities.