The CEO of Alenia Aermacchi says Italy is moving ahead aggressively with plans to develop a new, armed, medium-altitude/long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft to replace Italy’s fleet of MQ-1s, which are slated to finish service at the end of the decade. This reinforces comments made last week by Lt. Gen. Claudio Debertolis, secretary general of defense and national armaments director for Italy, to Aviation Week, saying that Rome was in talks with potential partners on a “black program” ...

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