Thirty years after it entered service with the Italian Air Force, the Italo-Brazilian AMX is one of the last light-attack aircraft still in the inventory of Western European air forces. In an era of frenzied fourth- and fifth-generation fighter purchasing by its neighbors and NATO allies, Italy has managed to maintain a small fleet of its subsonic Ghibli—named after a hot dry wind in the Sahara—because it has recognized the need for a cost-effective, low-maintenance platform to ...

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