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Andy Nativi Andy nativi@rid.it

Andy Nativi Andy nativi@rid.it
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Italy Pressuring U.S., Lockheed Over JSF Work 

The Italian ministry of defense is increasing the pressure on both the U.S. government and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter prime contractor Lockheed Martin to win better terms for technology transfer and local industry involvement.

Selex Galileo PAR Radar Bound For Swiss And Italian Air Forces 

Selex Galileo will supply two Precision Approach Radars to the Italian air force and five to the Swiss air force under a contracts worth a total of €31 million ($41.8 million).

In the Swiss case the contract has been awarded through prime contractor EADS.

Nigeria Gets Second ATR-42 For Maritime Patrolling 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plans to start operating its second Alenia Aeronautica ATR-42 MP maritime patrol aircraft, which is to be based at Benin City Air Force Base, 400 kilometers north of Lagos.

The order for two ATR-42s, worth $73 million, was announced in 2006 but signed in March 2007 and called for the delivery of the two aircraft by the end of 2009. The first one was delivered in December.

Italian Intel Stops Iranian Arms Smuggling Group 

ROME - An Iranian affiliated organization involved in smuggling dual-use equipment toward Iran has been dissolved following combined action by the counter-proliferation arm of the Italian external intelligence service AISE and the Guardia di Finanza (GdF) police and border control force.

Italian Re-entry Demonstrator Finally Ready To Fly Again 

Italian aerospace research and development agency CIRA is poised once again to attempt a second transonic drop test with its recoverable Unmanned Space Vehicle (USV), intended to investigate hypersonic re-entry and transatmospheric flight.

Italian Re-entry Demonstrator Finally Ready To Fly Again 

Italian aerospace research and development agency CIRA is poised once again to attempt a second transonic drop test with its recoverable Unmanned Space Vehicle (USV), intended to investigate hypersonic re-entry and transatmospheric flight.

Italian Air Force Expects Converted P-180s Starting In July 

Piaggio Aero industries is set to start delivering the first of six converted P-180s aircraft to the Italian air force starting in late July.

The aircraft are former standard P-180s in service with the 71st Squadron of the 14th Wing, based in Rome, which have been reassigned to RF measurement duties thanks to a measurement avionics package being installed by the air force at its Pratica di mare base. The whole conversion is being completed by Piaggio.

Downturn Forces Finmeccanica To Furlough 1,500 Workers 

Finmeccanica will furlough 1,500 workers due to a slow-down in production that is centered mainly around its aeronautical activity, although its defense electronics, space and railway businesses have also been impacted.

Worst hit is Alenia Aeronautica, which is suffering with a production decline in both the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A380, while maintenance, repair and overhaul orders have dried up almost completely.

Finmeccanica Puts 1,500 On Temporary Work Hold 

Finmeccanica has been forced to temporarily “freeze” the activity of 1,500 workers due to a slowdown in production, mainly in its aeronautical business, but also in the company’s defense electronic, space and railway businesses.

Worst hit is Alenia Aeronautica, which is suffering with the slow production rate of both Boeing 787 and Airbus A380, while maintenance, repair and overhaul activities that have been almost stopped have not been replaced with enough alternate aerospace work.

Finmeccanica Beats Expectations For 2009, Adjusts 2010 Outlook 

Finmeccanica performed better than expected in 2009, beating its own financial guidance, although economic and market realities have forced a partial adjustment of the company’s 2010 outlook.

Complete 2009 results for the Italian aerospace and defense giant are to be announced on March 4.

For the year, revenue stayed between 17.9 billion and 18.3 billion euros ($25 billion-$25.5 billion), versus a forecast of 17.1 billion and 17.7 billion euros. New orders will range between 21 billion and 21.5 billion euros, against 20.8 billion expected.

Bedek Aviation Targeting Stake In AMS 

Bedek Aviation is considering taking up to a 35% in Iniziativa Prima, the company led by Maurizio Tucci which is the only one to have formalized an offer to acquire AMS from the State Commisar Augusto Fantozzi. AMS is the engine maintenance company that Fantozzi has inherited from the old Alitalia. AMS is for sale and is 60% owned by the Old Alitalia and 40% from Lufthansa Technik. Both stakeholders are ready to sell.

Lufthansa Italia To End Rome-Milan Service 

Lufthansa Italia has been forced to shut down its Italian domestic operations on the Rome Fiumicino-Milan Malpensa route, which proved to be economically unsatisfactory.

Flights are to stop by Feb.16. This by no way means the German airline is reconsidering its plan to use Malpensa as a mini-hub and to maintain a strong presence in Italy.

Italy Boosting UAVs, Helos In Afghanistan 

Italy is to deploy additional air assets in Afghanistan to support its forces deployed in the western region of the country. which are to be boosted by almost 1,000 troops, topping at 4,000 in the second half of the year.

Money Woes Leave Italy Scrambling For Defense Funds 

Italy’s 2010 defense budget is €20.3 billion ($29.5 billion), only 0.3 percent more than 2009. Excluding money for the Carabinieri police, pensions and administrative expenses, the true budget is €14.3 billion — 0.4 percent less than 2009.

Etihad In Code-Sharing Agreement With Alitalia 

A code-sharing agreement signed earlier this month between Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and Alitalia will begin in April.

The wide-ranging agreement allows Alitalia passengers to fly from Milan toward Abu Dhabi on Etihad flights and then to a number of Etihad destinations, including Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa, and Sidney and Melbourne, Australia, with Etihad-tagged flights.

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