Andy Nativi

Andy Nativi
Alenia, ATK Team To Expand Options For Small Gunships 

FARNBOROUGH — Alenia Aermacchi and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) are planning to begin testing the first MC-27J multimission C-27J airlifter — outfitted with a 30mm cannon for the gunship role — this fall.

The test campaign comes as the manufacturer works to carve out more market share for the tactical airlifter in the wake of a U.S. Air Force decision earlier this year to walk away from it and shelve brand new hardware owing to budget pressure.

Bright Future For Tetra Communications
Terrestrial Trunked Radio radio communication standard for internal security and emergency services, at least for the next 20 years
City Of Milan Preparing To Sell Controlling Stake In Airport Authority 

The local government for the municipality of Milan is preparing to sell most of its remaining holding in the Malpensa and Linate airports authority, SEA, with the divestiture of a 50% stake expected to raise at least €750 million ($927 million) for the financially beleaguered city.

This decision follows last year’s sale of a 29.7% stake to Italian investment fund F2I for €385 million.

Majority Stake Of Milan Airports For Sale 
Due to financial distress, the municipality of Milan is preparing to sell its majority stake in the Malpensa and Linate airports authority, SEA. The idea is to sell a 50% stake, which could fetch at least €750 million.
European Attack-Helo Makers Push Exports 

European attack-helicopter makers have not been blessed with large export deals in recent years, but manufacturers are hoping upgrades maturing now will attract new buyers.

Key development milestones are approaching for both the Eurocopter Tiger and AgustaWestland T-129, the latest variant of the AW129 being developed for Turkey. Although Italy funded the AW129's original development, the major capability upgrades of the T-129 would not have been fielded solely for Rome.

Italy Set To Fly Armed U.S.-Built UAVs 

The Italian air force will become the second international customer after the Royal Air Force to be able to arm and employ in hunter-killer missions its U.S.-provided Predator and Reaper UAVs.

The White House is proposing the move to Congress, which has not rejected the request despite some members' concerns. Indeed, Italy had already ordered an unspecified quantity of Lockheed Martin Hellfire missiles last year, noting that the approval process would be concluded in due time. In turn, delivery of the missiles could start soon.

Finmeccanica To Sell Avio Stake To Italian Government 

GENOA — To reduce its debt and take a step to strategically reposition the company, Finmeccanica has reached an agreement to disinvest its 14% stake in Avio and have an Italian state fund buy it.

The transaction coincides with Avio’s planned initial public offering (IPO), which is expected to happen this year.

Italy Explores New Approach to Countering IEDs
Italy is developing a new modular approach to countering improvised explosive devices.
New IFV Designs Proliferate For Modern Warfare
Around the world, infantry fighting vehicles are getting revved up
Italy Explores New Approach To Countering IEDs 

GENOA — Italy is developing a new modular approach to countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that will employ a number of specialized vehicles based on the Iveco VTMM multirole medium tactical vehicle chassis.

The concept is to operate a “train” of four vehicles, each of them providing a dedicated capability, to defeat or dispose of every kind of potential threat, from unexploded ordnance to mines or IEDs.

Italy Confirms 30 F-35Bs, 60 F-35As For Air Force And Navy 

GENOA — Italy has confirmed its intention to acquire 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for its air force and Navy, with deliveries to start in late 2014 and extend through 2028-30.

The air force put up a successful fight to buy at least a squadron of F-35Bs short-takeoff-vertical-landing (stovl) aircraft, against the wishes of the defense ministry, which wanted the air force to standardize on the F-35A conventional-takeoff-and-landing (CTOL) version, leaving the navy as the sole operator of the F-35B.

Finmeccanica Shows Some Positive Signs, But Still Struggles 

GENOA — Finmeccanica is showing the first positive signs from its ongoing restructuring, although its first-quarter 2012 results still lag behind the same period in 2011.

Nonetheless, the results were generally above what the defense giant had been planning for, which allows Finmeccanica to confirm its full-year 2012 projections.

Lightweight Torpedo With Knockout Punch
Development of weapons for antisubmarine and surface warfare is accelerating as navies field advanced submarines.
Managing Change For Italy’s Armed Forces
Italy will reduce force size but maintain core capabilities.
Alitalia To Appeal Ruling That It Monopolizes Milan-Rome Service 

Alitalia will appeal a ruling by Italy’s antitrust regulator that it operates a monopoly between Milan and Rome, one of its most profitable routes, arguing that it competes with a high-speed train link on the city-pair.

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