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Italian AMX Fleet Prepared for Deployment to Afghanistan

Contributor:  Defence IQ Press
Posted:  09/14/2009  12:03:00 PM EDT  | 

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The Italian air force has completed a four-week qualification campaign intended to clear its AMX ground-attack aircraft for possible operations in Afghanistan. Performed by companies including Alenia Aeronautica, Alenia Aermacchi, Galileo Avionica and Selex Communications, the ACOL upgrade introduces new GPS-guided weapons, a Rafael Reccelite reconnaissance pod, night vision goggle-compatible cockpit and navigation and identification equipment that is new to the AMX. This project is due for completion later this year. However, no official date has been set for the types’ possible deployment to Afghanistan.

Italy is meanwhile upgrading its six air force Predator As with a Raytheon multispectral targeting system-A sensor payload, improved engine and extended wing. A satellite communications update will also enable deployed operations of the type to be controlled from Amendola air base in southern Italy. Three Italian-based aircraft have received the enhancements, with the remainder to be modified during 2010. The air force is also in the process of acquiring four Predator Bs.

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