The Italian military is looking to add several combat capabilities on the heels of a series of newly awarded contracts. On the near-term agenda is fielding of the first Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainers, which are to be assigned to the Pratica di Mare-based experimental test wing near Rome. The unit will carry out extensive operational testing before the aircraft is handed over to training squadrons, replacing MB-339CDs in the advanced training role. The first two ...

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