The Italian Air Force’s 32nd wing, which operates the remote controlled aircraft known as Predator, completed their first tasking with the EU Naval Force On Tuesday 4 September.
The Italian Predator team, which is based in Djibouti, carried out a successful 11 hour check test flight and was able to highlight its effectiveness in carrying out long-range surveillance and reconnaissance patrols.
In the coming months the remote controlled aircraft will be used to monitor the seas off the coast of Somalia where pirates have been known to operate and give an early warning of a possible attack.
As is the case with EU Naval Force warships and Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, the remote controlled aircraft can also be used to monitor the safety of World Food Program vessels as they transit the Indian Ocean.
The Italian Prosecutor has discontinued investigations relating to the 12 AW101 VVIP helicopter contract signed with the Indian ministry of Defense in 2010, Finmeccanica said in a press release on 29 July. “AgustaWestland together with the Prosecutor, have agreed to apply for a negligible fine, whilst confirming the appropriateness of their internal control systems and specifically their non-involvement in the misconduct alleged by the Prosecutor
Italys new government has decided to halve its procurement F-35 fighters, from 90 to 45, but will stretch out its implementation to limit any losses of related work for its aerospace industry, the Rome daily La Repubblica reported April 22. According to the report, the 45 remaining aircraft would be slightly less than the 131 that Italy initially planned; a previous government had already cut 41 aircraft from its planned order in 2012
The Italian defense ministry is considering cutting its F-35 orders with calls to further reduce the number of aircraft on order. Italy has become the first US ally to call out the flaws on the Lockheed F-35 fighter aircraft in particular the General Confederation of Italian Workers (CGIL) thinks “it essential to rethink the purchase of the F-35
The US Defense Department and Italys defense ministry have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote joint training and education for peacekeeping operations. The agreement, signed today at the Pentagon, takes effect immediately and identifies and develops joint training and education as well as policies and procedures
Russias small-arms holding Kalashnikov Concern is in negotiations with Italy's Beretta on the establishment of joint ventures in Russia, a senior government official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The on-going talks on the joint venture is to manufacture hunting and sporting weapons
Northrop Grumman recently delivered the center fuselage for Italy's first F-35 Lightning II to the newly commissioned Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility at Italy's Cameri Air Base. This on-time delivery to Lockheed Martin enables the first assembly of an F-35 aircraft at the FACO facility and increases international participation on the F-35 program
Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman may create a collective regional missile defense system to counter Irans missile activities, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. “Heightened threat perceptions of Irans missile activities are spurring the move toward integrating the different systems to improve collective defense
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