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Sep 10 15 1:58 AM
First flight success for Italian-assembled F-35
07 September, 2015 BY: Craig Hoyle
The first F-35 Lightning II to have been assembled away from Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth site in Texas has performed its debut flight, from Cameri air base in Italy.
Conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) aircraft AL-1 completed a 1h 22min flight on 7 September, with Lockheed test pilot Bill Gigliotti having been at the controls. “As expected, the jet performed exceptionally well and without any surprises,” he said following the sortie.
Future Italian air force asset AL-1 was completed at Italy’s final assembly and check out facility (FACO) at Cameri, which was established under a cooperation agreement with the Italian government and local industry partner Alenia Aermacchi. Its debut represents “the programme’s first-ever F-35 flight outside the United States”, Lockheed notes.
Having been rolled out in March, “AL-1’s official delivery to Italy is expected by the end of the year”, the US company says.
Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database records Rome as currently planning to acquire up to a combined 90 F-35As and short take-off and vertical landing B-model examples for its air force and navy. These will be completed at the Cameri FACO, along with some of the CTOL aircraft to be bought by the Netherlands.
Sep 10 15 9:52 AM
Sep 11 15 2:07 AM
eagle spotters wrote:as september 2015, planned Italian Navy to 2025:
- 2 X LPD new type (about 15.000 t x 180 m)
- 1 X LPD San Giusto - L9894 - (8.000 t)
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LordArpad wrote:What on earth are the Durand de la Penne still doing in commission?
Sep 18 15 4:28 PM
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Sep 18 15 11:48 PM
eagle spotters wrote:1 X LHA ordered on July 1, 2015 to Fincantieri and Finmeccanica, for Euro 1.126.000.000.
New Italian Navy LHA:
- Dispalcement f.l.: about 30.000 t
- lenght overall: about 244 m
- Width: about 36 m
- flight deck lenght: 230 m
- flight deck widh: 14 m
- 9 helicopters spot on flight deck
- hangar: lenght 107,8 m, width 21 m, high 10,7 (surface 2.200 m2)
- 2 elevators, eachone for 40 t ( 15 m x 14 m )
- well deck lenght 50 m, width 15 m, high 10 m (surface 750 m2) able to transport 4 LCM-1E types or 1 LCAC
- dry deck lenght 50 m, width 18 m and high 6 m (surface 900 mq)
- 1.600 linear meters for vehicles
- 1993 m3 aviation fuel (JP5/F44)
- proulsion system: CODOG
- 2 TAG by 40 MW eachone (GE/Avio LM6000 or RR MT30)
- 2 diesel engines (maybe 11 MW eachone)
- 2 electric engines
- max speed: +25 kn
- Complements: 460 crew + 604 marines componen (max 1043 + 21)
- NATO Role 2E (Enhanced) Hospital, with 40 beds and a 770 m2 surface
- Selex ES new CMS
- Selex ES C2 AAW system SAAM-ESD+
- Selex ES aircraft approach radar
- Selex ES DBR (dual band radar) AESA with four plate antennas, downgrade only to X band
- Selex ES LRR AESA in L band
- Selex ES new multiband X/Ka fire radar
- Selex ES static IRST
- Selex ES Software Defined Radio
- Selex ES new IFF
- Selex ES Integrated Navigation System with multiband radars in X/Ka band
- MCC capability
- 3 X OTO Melara 76/62 mm Strales
- FFBNW for 32 MBDA VLS (A50 ?)
- 3 x OTO Melara 25/80 mm remote weapon system
- 2 x OTO Melara ODLS-20 (with 20 x 118 mm tubes and 4 x 130 mm tubes; with WASS C-130 and Black Scorpion ASW effectors)
- WASS Black Snake anti-torpedo system
- WASS Obstacle Avoidance Sonar
- WASS Bathy Termograph Unit
- WASS Diver Detection Sonar
For commisioning to Marina Militare in 2022, to replace San Giorgio (L9892).
Source: Forum Difesa
Sep 19 15 3:14 AM
Nov 12 15 8:08 PM
The Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ships, known by their Italian acronym PPA, will be delivered in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 (two units), 2025 and 2026. The ships will be built thanks to a funding package that also covers a new logistics ship and a new LHD vessel, for a total of €5.4 billion (US $5.8 billion), with shipyard Fincantieri winning contracts worth €3.6 billion and Finmeccanica €1.8 billion.Fincantieri, which will act as liaison with the Italian Navy, will provide support over the life-cycle of the vessels in the first 10 years, through the supply of logistic services (training courses, spare parts, technical documentation) during the construction of the vessels and of in-service support (maintenance services), carried out during post-delivery operations. It will also provide components and naval machinery produced by the Marine Systems and Components Unit, such as shaft lines, wheelhouse and maneuvering propellers.
Dec 17 15 8:25 AM
December 16, 2015On December 15th, Italian Navy decommissioned ITS Maestrale, the first ship of the eight, which compose the "Venti" class, following a renewal plan of the fleet. ...The ship was launched in 1981 by Cantieri Navali Riuniti of Riva Trigoso (Genova) and commissioned on 18th February 1982. ITS Maestrale had been involved in the peace operation after the Gulf War, in the Adriatic Activities during the crisis of Former Yugoslavia, in the EU antipiracy Operation Atalanta and in the Italian Operation for the migrant flow control Mare Nostrum. From 1st October until 12th December 2005 ITS Maestrale was part of the EUROMARFOR task group in Operation Resolute Beaviour under the operation Enduring Freedom. During its life, it sailed for more than 600.000 nautical miles.
Dec 17 15 10:24 PM
Dec 17 15 11:37 PM
eagle spotters wrote:Now, MMI have in service:
- 2 x DDG Doria
- 2 X DDG DlP
- 3 X FFG FREMM ASW
- 1 X FFG FREMM GP
- 8 X FFG Maestrale
- 3 X FFG Soldati
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Dec 18 15 12:59 AM
Bledlow wrote:When are Durand de la Penne & Mimbelli expected to retire?
caioduilio wrote:and Soldati still in service are only 2
caioduilio wrote:today only official plan is to downgrade them from DDG to FF
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