MARCH 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


Among the five competitors for the US Army's FARA (Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft) program, the US Army finally selected Bell and Sikorsky for the next phase of the program, where each company is to complete a detailed design, build and test helicopters. Prototypes are scheduled to first fly in 2023.

Leonardo is extending its training services capabilities to include rotorcraft unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to provide 360° training solutions to its growing customer base for maximised mission effectiveness and safety. The Company has recently obtained an Authorized Training Organization Certificate for UAS released by ENAC (Italian National Civil Aviation Authority). With this certification Leonardo is now able to supply training services for light and very light category remotely piloted systems (up to 25 kg) through its Helicopter Training Academy headquartered in Sesto Calende (Northern Italy).

As part of the operation to transfer Russian military specialists, special equipment and equipment to the Italian air force base Practice di Mare (30 kilometers southwest of Rome, Italy) to assist the Italian Republic in the fight against coronavirus infection, already 14  Il-76 military transport aircraft of the Aerospace Forces with Russian military personnel and special equipment on board took off from Chkalovsky airfield (Moscow region) to Italy. After coordination with the Italian side the areas of implementation of preventive and disinfection measures, Russian military specialists will begin to perform tasks for their intended purpose.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, transported an En-Route Patient Staging System (ERPSS) to Aviano AB, Italy, for delivery to the Italian Ministry of Defense. This mobile, or fixed system, provides 10 patient holding/staging beds and can support a maximum throughput of 40 patients in a 24-hours period.

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