The two NH-90 helicopters of the Italian Army Aviation command (AVES), assigned to Task Force ‘Fenice’ (Phoenix) of Regional Command West (RC-W), has arrived at the headquarters of the ISAF Joint Command (IJC).
Italian army’s NH-90s helicopter, which recently passed the 1,000 flight hour milestone, arrived in the Afghan theater of operations in August of last year and, for the first time ever among the program’s partner nations, have been engaged in combat and combat support missions.
This helicopter is equipped with latest generation avionics and fully integrated systems for day and night vision, allowing the crew a constant high state of situational awareness, ie the full and continuous perception of all the technical and operational aspects necessary for the safe completion of their missions. Together with the high professionalism and experience of the pilots in critical environmental situations typical of the Afghan theater of operations, the N-90 has proved to be an extremely flexible tool available to the commander of RC-W.
The organization put in place by Task Force 'Fenice' for the operation of these helicopters was also the subject of visit by a delegation from Australia who appreciated the effectiveness and the innovative solutions adopted for field maintenance.
Following a bitter debate in Italy's parliament to scrap the procurement of 90 F-35 jets, Lockheed Martin has called off a public ceremony marking the opening of an assembly plant for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The ruling coalition last month agreed to seek parliament's approval before going ahead with further spending on the program
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