The Italian air force (AMI) is planning to send an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance-capable Alenia C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter to Afghanistan to support the final months of Italian operations in the west of the country. The C-27J will be modified with a command-and-control mission system in the rear of the aircraft and an under-nose electro-optical system to support ground operations in theater. The news emerged as the air arm signed up to become the first air force ...

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