Italian Armed Forces aircraft designation system

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The Italian Armed Forces aircraft designation system is a unified designation system introduced by the Italian Armed Forces in 2011 for all Italian military aircraft.[1] The system is based on the United States Armed Forces 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system.

Designation system[edit]

The designation system produces a Mission-Design-Series (MDS) designation of the form:

(Status Prefix)(Modified Mission)(Basic Mission)(Vehicle Type)-(Design Number)(Series Letter)

Of these components, only the Basic Mission, Design Number and Series Letter are mandatory. In the case of special vehicles a Vehicle Type symbol must also be included.

List of assigned aircraft designations[edit]

A - Attack[edit]

AV-8 - McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
  • AV-8B
  • TAV-8B
A-11 - AMX International AMX
  • A-11A - AMX
  • TA-11A - AMX-T
  • A-11B - AMX ACOL
  • TA-11B - AMX-T ACOL
A-200 - Panavia Tornado
  • A-200A - Tornado IDS
  • TA-200A - Tornado IDS (trainer)
  • EA-200B - Tornado ECR
  • A-200C - Tornado post-MLU
  • TA-200C - Tornado post-MLU (trainer)

C - Transport[edit]

C-27 - Alenia C-27J Spartan
  • C-27J
  • EC-27J JEDI
C-42 - ATR 42
  • C-42C - ATR 42-500
C-50 - Dassault Falcon 50
  • VC-50A
C-130 - Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules
  • C-130J
  • C-130J-30
C-180 - Piaggio P.180 Avanti
  • VC-180A - P180 Avanti
  • VC-180B - P180 Avanti II
C-222 - Aeritalia G.222
  • C-222A - G.222TCM1
  • C-222B - G.222TCM2
  • RC-222 - G.222RM
  • EC-222 - G.222VS
C-228 - Dornier 228
  • UC-228 - Dornier 228
C-319 - Airbus A319
  • VC-319A - A319CJ
C-900 - Dassault Falcon 900
  • VC-900A - Falcon 900EX
  • VC-900B - Falcon 900EASY

F - Fighter[edit]

F-16 - Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • F-16A
  • F-16B
F-2000 - Eurofighter Typhoon
  • F-2000A - Typhoon
  • TF-2000A - Typhoon (trainer)

G - Glider[edit]

G-2 - Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2
  • G-2B - Ventus 2B
G-4 - Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4
  • G-4D - Nimbus-4D
  • G-4DM - Nimbus-4DM
G-17 - LAK-17
  • UG-17A - LAK-17
G-21 - Caproni Vizzola Calif
  • G-21S - A-21S Calif
G-103 - Grob G103 Twin Astir
  • G-103 - G 103 Twin Astir

H - Helicopter[edit]

H-3 - Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King
  • VH-3D - SH-3D
  • SH-3D - SH-3D ASW
  • UH-3D - SH-3D ASH
  • HH-3F - HH-3F Pelican
H-47 - Boeing CH-47 Chinook
  • CH-47C - CH-47C
  • CH-47F - CH-47F Chinook
H-90 - NHIndustries NH90
  • UH-90A - NH 90 TTF
  • SH-90A - NH 90 NFH
H-101 - * AgustaWestland AW101
  • SH-101A - AW101 Martime Patrol
  • EH-101A - AW101 AEW
  • UH-101A - AW101 Anti-Submarine Helicopter
H-109 - Agusta A109
  • CH-109A - A109A
  • CH-109B - A109A II
  • CH-109D - A109C
  • CH-109E - A109F
  • MRH-109A - A109T
  • MCH-109A - A109N
H-129 - Agusta A129 Mangusta
  • AH-129A - A129
  • AH-129C - A129C
  • AH-129D - A129D
H-139 - AgustaWestland AW139
  • PH-139A - AW139
H-205 - Agusta-Bell AB 205
  • UH-205A - AB 205
H-206 - Agusta-Bell AB 206
  • RH-206A - AB 206A1
  • RH-206B - AB 206B1
  • RH-206C - AB 206C1
H-212 - Agusta-Bell AB 212
  • UH-212 - AB 212
  • HH-212A - AB 212 (AMI-SAR)
  • UH-212A - AB 212 (AWTI)
  • UH-212B - AB 212ASH
  • SH-212B - AB 212ASW
H-412 - Agusta-Bell AB 412
  • HH-412A - AB 412
  • HH-412B - AB 412EP
  • HH-412C - AB 412HP
  • HH-412D - AB 412SP
H-500 - Breda Nardi NH-500E
  • TH-500B - NH-500E
  • OH-500A - NH-500 MC
  • OH-500B - NH 500 MD

KC - Tanker[edit]

KC-707 - Boeing 707T/T
  • KC-707A - 707T/T Tanker/Transport
KC-767 - Boeing KC-767
  • KC-767A

P - Patrol[edit]

P-42 - ATR 42
  • P-42A - ATR42MP-400
  • P-42B - ATR42MP-500
P-72 - ATR 72
  • P-72A - ATR72
P-1150 - Breguet Atlantic
  • P-1150A - Br.1150 Atlantic

T - Trainer[edit]

T-260 - SIAI-Marchetti SF.260
  • T-260A - SF.260AM
  • T-260B - SF.260EA
T-339 - Aermacchi MB-339
  • T-339A - MB-339A
  • FT-339B - MB-339CD1
  • FT-339C - MB-339CD2
  • AT-339A - MB-339PAN
T-346 - Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master
  • T-346A - M-346 Master

U - Utility[edit]

U-166 - Piaggio P.166
  • U-166A - P.166M
  • U-166B - P.166DL3
  • U-166C - P.166DP1
U-208 - SIAI-Marchetti S.208
  • U-208A - S.208

See also[edit]

References[edit]