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  • Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet
    Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet December 28 2019
    Algeria has signed a contract for the acquisition of 14 Su-57 stealth fighters with Russia. According to Menadefense portal, the Algerian air force has also signed two other arrangements for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35 air domination aircraft. An option for two additional squadrons of 14 aircraft for each type of aircraft was also signed to compensate for the natural withdrawal of aircraft from the Air Force fleet shortly. The contract should be completed by 2025, by this deadline...
  • Italian Parliament Approves Funding for CAMM-ER Missile Program
    Italian Parliament Approves Funding for CAMM-ER Missile Program December 5 2019
      The Italian Parliament’s defence committee has approved funding for the procurement of MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile - Extended Range (CAMM-ER). The defence committee’s Nov. 14 decision approves funding of €95 million to complete development of the CAMM-ER, a joint program between MBDA Italy and MBDA UK, and its subsequent integration into the Italian services’ short- to medium-range air-defence systems. CAMM was the f...
  • Reaper UAV Fell in Libya
    Reaper UAV Fell in Libya November 22 2019
    Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana / AMI), MQ-9 Reaper UAV crashed in Libya. Libyan National Army, said they shot UAV. Italy used the MQ-9 Reaper platform to support the Sic Mare Sicuro operasyon (Safe Sea) operation. Libyan National Army, UAV debris showed on social media.
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission September 27 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing
    Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing September 12 2019
    Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme. Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment &...
  • Italy on Delay for F-35 Order
    Italy on Delay for F-35 Order September 7 2019
    Italy’s new government has to decide whether to confirm Italy’s long-delayed order for F-35 fighters. New defence minister, Lorenzo Guerini has to decide him on whether to order additional F-35 fighters. According to Italian press reports, Italy must officially award the Pentagon by the end of September, in order to keep Italy’s delivery slots. The decision has to be taken within three weeks bur new minister has to prepare the draft defence budget for 2020. ...
  • More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean
    More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean June 21 2019
      Recently, Italy, one of the countries on the Mediterranean coast where tensions are at an extreme stage, ordered a jet trainer.  Under the agreement signed with Leonardo for the Italian Air Force, 13 M345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) will be procured. With the agreement signed for aircraft that will replace the old MB339s, the company will provide logistical support for five years, as well as ground-based training systems. Planes to be delivered in 20...
  • Leonardo to Deliver Additional M-345 Trainers to Italian Air Force
    Leonardo to Deliver Additional M-345 Trainers to Italian Air Force June 14 2019
    Leonardo has been awarded EUR300 million to deliver a further 13 Alenia M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) aircraft to the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI). The service has a total requirement for 45 such aircraft to replace its MB-339s and augment its M-346s. The contract, announced on 13 June, adds to the five aircraft previously ordered under plans to replace the AMI's current 137 MB-339s and augment its 18 M-346s. Deliveries of the first five M-345s ar...
  • Eurosam: We Offer the Best June 3 2019
    As negotiations with the Chinese company had been continuing in the Long Range Air Defence System Tender of Turkey (T-Loramids), another set of negotiations was initiated with Eurosam. While the negotiations with China have not led anywhere, the negotiations with Eurosam have led to a different point than planned. Eurosam Commercial Manager Philippe de Masfrand shared the process and the current status with C4Defence.   The company predicts that the negotiations with ...
  • Italy’s LHD “Trieste” is Launched
    Italy’s LHD “Trieste” is Launched May 27 2019
    The launching ceremony of Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) “Trieste” took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia. This multirole and multipurpose amphibious is capable of deploying aircraft and amphibious vehicles and equipment, relying on a flight deck and a floodable basin located on the stern of the ship. The new unit will be delivered in 2022 and falls within the naval program of the maritime capability of Defence, approved by the Italian...
  • Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea
    Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea May 14 2019
    DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement agency of the Republic of Korea, has announced that the country has launched the second phase for the new anti-submarine warfare helicopters. In the first phase, Republic of Korea has pruchased eight AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The estimated value is expected to be $ 802 million. It is estimated that US-based Lockheed Martin and Italian Leonardo companies will compete. The timeline for bidding is May 2 to Augu...
  • F-35B Signal from Naval Forces
    F-35B Signal from Naval Forces May 1 2019
    As the Naval Command's Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) is on its way, it was revealed that the Navy is in need of trained jet pilots. At IDEF'19 held in Istanbul, Italian company Leonardo and the Italian Air Force held a joint presentation at IDEF. The presentation gave information about the International Flight Training School (IFTS), which provides many types of flight training in the south of Italy. According to the statement, the cooperation of the duo, military pilot...
  • Egypt Prefers Italy Over France
    Egypt Prefers Italy Over France April 26 2019
    According to unconfirmed reports in the press, the Egyptian Navy will procure 20 AW149 helicopters produced by the Italian company Leonardo. The production contract, which has not been announced officially, was first published by La Tribune, a French news website. Leonardo has not made a statement yet. Egypt last week announced that it was not going to purchase the NH90 helicopters of the French company NH Industries because of the cost and instead was going to award Leonardo. Egypt...
  • AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy
    AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy April 14 2019
    Poland will sign a production contract with Italian Leonardo company to acquire AW101 helicopters configured for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) duties with the Polish navy. Polish defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed the planned buy on 8 April, stating that Warsaw intends to finalise an order during April. The acquisition is believed to include four AW101s. Leonardo Helicopters and Poland's defence ministry have signed an offset agreement worth $1...
  • Italian Rifle Production in Romania
    Italian Rifle Production in Romania April 3 2019
      Italy-based arms manufacturer Beretta signed an arms production agreement with the Romanian company's Plopeni Mechanic Plant (Societatea Uzina Mecanica Plopeni), a subsidiary of Romanian state defence association Romarm. Thus, Romania has gained the ability to produce ARX-160 infantry rifles. According to Romanian Economy Minister Niculae Badalau, the ARX-160 and another rifle will be produced in Romania. The minister, who announced that a joint subsidiary will ...
  • Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise
    Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise March 30 2019
    The Greek Air Force has shared information and image from its official web site, about Iniochos 2019 (Unique 2019) Exercise. In one of the published images, the F-35A fighter from the Italian Air Force landed at Andravida Air Base in Greece to take part in the Iniochos 2019 exercise. Italy has announced that it will send six F-35s to the drill. Israel, Jordan, the US Air Force and the South Cyprus Greek Administration will participate in the exercise. Unique 2019  will begin on April 1 a...
  • Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise
    Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise March 13 2019
    The F-35A Lightning II fighter jets of the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) will participate in the UNIQUE 2019 air force drill, which will begin on 1 April 2019. Italy will send its all six F-35A fighters to join the drill and they will carry Luneburg radar reflectors during their transition to and from the Andravida Airbase as well as throughout their participation in the exercise. The Luneberg radar reflector increases radar cross section (RCS) of aircraft. This precautio...
  • First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone
    First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone February 19 2019
    Italian manufacturer Leonardo announced that its M-40 drone had completed its first operational mission during an exercise in the Italian Navy. Leonardo announced that his target drone, the M-40, had been implemented during an exercise of the Italian Navy. The M-40 has been used to simulate air strikes and to train Italian forces to face a variety of threats. During this exercise, the aircraft carrier Cavour, AV8B + combat aircraft and the destroyer Mimbelli were mobilized. Several ...
  • Leonardo Merges Three Divisions,
    Leonardo Merges Three Divisions, December 17 2018
    Italian Leonardo has announced a major change at organisation chart, which will see three of its seven divisions merged and entrusted to one of the firm’s top British managers, Norman Bone. Leonardo’s Board of Directors approved the creation of the new Electronics Division, reporting directly to the CEO. The current Land & Naval Defence Electronics, Airborne & Space Systems and Defence Systems Divisions will be merged in the new Electronics Division whi...
  • Eighth FREMM Completed Trials
    Eighth FREMM Completed Trials November 30 2018
    Italy's eighth FREMM class frigate, ITS Marceglia (F597) has completed the sea tests.   The platform, which opened to sea in June, completed all sea trial activities in five months thanks to the tight coordination of the program participants. During the experiments, 13 different test phases were carried out.   Platform is the eighth FREMM class ship in Italy and the fourth FREMM built in the general-purpose configuration of the Italian Nav...
  • Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar
    Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar November 23 2018
    An Italian Air Force Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer has flown non-stop to the Persian Gulf in order to promote aircraft to three gulf countries Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. The aircraft, accompanied by two F-2000A Eurofighters and a Boeing KC-767A tanker, was on a 10-day promotional tour of the Gulf. The non-stop transit flights were part of aircraft promotion as M-346 is only training aircraft that has refuelling capability in flight.   The T-346 (the Italian Ai...
  • MBDA: Successful First Launch for Marte ER missile
    MBDA: Successful First Launch for Marte ER missile November 17 2018

    MBDA’s Marte ER anti-ship missile has completed its first firing, successfully passing a major phase in its development, the company said in a release.

    The firing trial was carried out on Nov. 9 in an Italian test range. The Marte ER missile flew for more than 100 kilometres on a planned trajectory that included several waypoints and sea skimming flight, successfully testing all flying phases. Pasquale Di Bartolomeo, Executive Group Director Sales & Business De...
  • Italy Preparing to Budget-Cut
    Italy Preparing to Budget-Cut October 18 2018
    Italy, announced that arms spending is going to large amount of cut. According to a report published in the Italian media, Rome will go saving program for 500 million Euros in 2019 defence budget. A Senior official said “We will save 500 million euros from unnecessary armaments The only way to defend the country is not to spend money.” In addition to budgetary constraints, Italian Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said that Italy will pursue the NATO goal of 2% defence ...
  • Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria
    Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria October 12 2018
    Italy and its defence company Leonardo have submitted their offer to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence in response to the recent Request for Proposal for the acquisition of eight fighter aircraft to replace their ageing Mig-29 fleet. The offer is based on the supply to the Bulgarian Air Force of Tranche 1 Typhoons from the Italian Air Force and includes also the option for the delivery of newly built aircraft as requested by Bulgaria. Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s...
  • France Accuses Russia Of Spying on Military From Space
    France Accuses Russia Of Spying on Military From Space September 9 2018
    A Russian satellite tried last year to spy on a Franco-Italian satellite Athena Fidus to follow secured military communications, denounced Friday, September 7 the French minister of armies Florence Parly in a speech dedicated to space.  "this big-eared satellite is called Louch-Olymp, it's a well-known Russian satellite but a bit ... Indiscreet," she continued. She said it approached the French-Italian satellite launched in 2014 and used for secure military commun...
  • Italian Ships Get Smaller
    Italian Ships Get Smaller August 7 2018
    The Italian Navy may change the design of PPA general purpose vessels. If the change is decided, the ships will get smaller and the platforms will be gained anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Italy has ordered seven frigates with a contract worth US $ 6.3 billion. Three of these vessels are already under construction at Fincantieri Shipyard. Preparation works undergo for fourth ship. PPA's, which are about the same length as FREMM's, are three meters narrower and...
  • Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar
    Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar August 4 2018
    The steel cutting ceremony of the first “Doha” class corvette ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition programme, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State of Qatar for Defence Affairs, and the Italian Minister of Defence attended to the ceremony. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels, of wh...
  • Centauro II on the Way
    Centauro II on the Way July 25 2018
    Italy has decided to procure Centauro II. Italian Army, ordered 10 Centauro II from Iveco Defence Systems and the Oto Melara Consortium (CIO). Italian Army plans to procure a total of 136 Centauro II. Nuova Blindo Centauro is the name of first tranche of the platform, which is a more advanced version of Centauro I. Vehicles will take place of their predecessors. The Centauro II, which has been developed as a tank destroyer, is equipped with a 120 mm 45 caliber smoothbore g...
  • U.S. Could Partner with United Kingdom on Tempest Jet
    U.S. Could Partner with United Kingdom on Tempest Jet July 17 2018
    US Defence Magazine National Defence stated that there are new possible countries joining to British stealth aircraft program. The magazine quoting a top US Air Force acquisition official, said “The United States could potentially contribute to the development of a new fighter jet envisioned by the United Kingdom”. U.K. Defence Minister Gavin Williamson unveiled yesterday a new stealth aircraft named Tempest at the Farnborough International Air Show. “Tha...
  • Leonardo and PGZ To Co-Develop AW249 Combat Helicopter
    Leonardo and PGZ To Co-Develop AW249 Combat Helicopter July 12 2018
    Italian Leonardo and Polish Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (PGZ) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to collaborate on the AW249. The new combat helicopter design competes to be in Polish Army inventory. Leonardo and PGZ will explore collaboration in a number of areas including design, manufacturing, final assembly, marketing and aftersales support for the AW249 helicopter. The document reinforces PGZ and Leonardo’s common interest in the development and production of a new combat helicopter...
  • T-129's show to NATO
    T-129's show to NATO July 10 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) T-129 Atak helicopter will take place NATO Heads of State and Government parade on 11-12 July. 20 helicopters from 13 different countries will take part at parade. Two Turkish T-129 Attack helicopters will be on the show. Belgian, Czechian, Danish, French, Italian, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, US helicopters will also take place.
  • Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets
    Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets July 7 2018
    Italy will not buy more Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and is considering whether to stick to the order to which it is already committed, Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said on Friday. According to the official U.S. government program of record, Italy’s intention was to procure a total of 90 F-35s. Under the current plan, Aeronautica Militare is programmed to receive 60 F-35A CTOLs and 15 F-35B STOVLs, while Marina Militare is programmed to acquire 15 F-35B STOVLs....
  • Vulcano Launched
    Vulcano Launched July 5 2018
    The Fincantieri Shipyard launched the new logistic support ship of the Italian Navy. The ship named Vulcano (A 5335) floated at the Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia. The European defense procurement organization, OCCAR, ordered the May 2015 in the name of Italian Ministry of Defence, and the hull parts of the platform were built at different shipyards and consolidated at Muggiano. The system integration efforts of the ship will continue until December, and Vulcano will begin...
  • Type 26 Frigate wins Australian frigate bid
    Type 26 Frigate wins Australian frigate bid June 29 2018
      BAE Systems’ Type 26 Frigate design wins Australian frigate bid to replace the Anzac-class from the mid-2020s. Three companies were bidding: British BAE Systems, Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia. BAE’s design was picked for its anti-submarine warfare.
  • Italian Navy Picked "Black Shark"
    Italian Navy Picked "Black Shark" June 22 2018
    Italy selected a torpedo for use in U212A Class submarines in its inventory. Submarines will be equipped with Leonardo's Black Shark Advanced (BSA) torpedoes. The company will provide the necessary logistical support and equipment along with the torpedoes. "The new torpedo enhance the U212A's submarine defense capabilities" said in the statement made by Leonardo. In the latest version of the Black Shark Advanced torpedoes, the optimizable energy production section ...
  • Europe’s New Trials with Fascism…
    Europe’s New Trials with Fascism… June 11 2018
    Against the backdrop of economic mismanagement and rampant corruption, the Italian voter seems to have found the solution in extreme rightist and populist parties. Today, Italy suffers from a debt of 2.3 trillion Euros, threatening the whole European Union (EU) geography and the European financial system, while impoverishing the Italian people with each passing day. The Italian public thus brought to power the two parties, which have rose to prominence with their discrimin...
  • "Maneuver" Offer
    "Maneuver" Offer May 27 2018
    New short-range air defence system (SHORAD) recommendation came to the US. Italian company Leonardo and it's US subsidiary Leonardo DRS, have a new proposal. The two companies proposed the Maneuver Short Range Air Defense System for the US Army. The system, which integrated on the Stryker vehicle, can use the Hellfire and the Stinger missiles. Maneuver concept which is a short-range air defense system, introduced at AUSA 2018. Maneuver's modular...
  • Seventh FREMM Delivered to Italian Navy
    Seventh FREMM Delivered to Italian Navy April 26 2018
    Italian Navy has taken delivery of the seventh multi-mission frigate (FREMM), Federico Martinengo, on 24 April. The delivery ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia. Orizzonte Sistemi Navali — 51% Fincantieri and 49% Leonardo — is the prime contractor for Italy in the FREMM program which covers the construction of ten vessels. The new vessel was launched in March 2017. With a length of 144 met...
  • AARGM Test by Tornado ECR
    AARGM Test by Tornado ECR April 10 2018
    Italian Air Force has tested the AARGM (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile) missile for the first time during 'Blazing Shield 2018' exercise on 2 April in China Lake in America. The missile was launched by a Tornado ECR aircraft with successful results.  The main goal of “Blazing Shield” is the Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) of the Tornado ECR with the new AGM-88E AARGM. The exercise also aimed to validate the tactical-operat...
  • Cooperation Time in Qatar
    Cooperation Time in Qatar April 7 2018
    Arms race observed in Gulf countries is now accompanied by indigenous production models. Following Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar also started pursuing the same path. As tension between Qatar and other Gulf members escalates, the former makes efforts to prevent isolation. International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) organised in Doha is a reflection of this purpose. Launched around a decade ago in the area of naval affairs, the Exhibition set the stage f...