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Date: 13th Mar 2009, Friday

ITAF Received MB-339 CD Batch 2

Italian Air Force (AMI) received the first of the 14 Aermacchi MB-339 CD upgrade from Batch 1 to Batch 2 advanced jet trainers. The €41 million (USD $55 million) upgrade contract is delivering new avionics and simulation capabilities including identification friend or foe, communications, positioning and night vision systems, as well as a digital map, crash data recorder, emergency locator transmitter, new integrated autonomous air combat manoeuvring suite, plus embedded training simulation which included a simulated sensors and virtual tactical scenarios. The contract will provide the Italian Air Force with an up-to-date aircraft for advanced and lead-in fighter training at a time when it is pushing hard to promote its 61st (Flying Training) Wing at Galatina-Lecce Air Base as a candidate to host the Advanced European Jet Pilot Training (AEJPT) future European military pilot training system.

Updated On: 13.08.13