List of active Italian military aircraft

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The following is a list of military aircraft currently used by all branches of the Italian Armed Forces, including the Italian Gendarmerie (Carabinieri).

Italian Air Force[edit]

Current inventory[edit]

An Italian HH139 during Trident Juncture 2015
A C-130J departs RIAT Fairford July 2014
A NH-500E lands at Rome Viterbo Airport
A Piaggio P180 Avanti on approach at RIAT 2011
A HH-101A Caesar
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
Eurofighter Typhoon Italy multirole 78 4 on order[1]
F-35 Lightning II United States multirole F-35A/B 9 / 1 60 (A) / 15 (B) on order[2][3]
AMX International Italy ground attack 34[4]
Panavia Tornado Italy multirole IDS 62[4] employs variable-sweep wing design
AWACS
Gulfstream G550 United States/Israel AEW G550 AEW 2[5]
Reconnaissance
Super King Air United States SIGINT 350 1[4]
Electronic Warfare
Panavia Tornado Italy SEAD ECR 5[4]
Alenia C-27J Italy electronic warfare 2[4]
Maritime patrol
ATR 72 France ASW / patrol P-72AS 2 4 on order[6]
Tanker
Boeing KC-767 United States aerial refueling 4[4]
KC-130 Hercules United States aerial refueling KC-130J 3[4]
Transport
Alenia C-27J Italy transport 8[4]
Piaggio P.180 Italy VIP 7[4]
Airbus A319CJ France VIP 3[7]
Airbus A340-500 France VIP 1[8]
Dassault Falcon 50 France VIP 2[9]
Dassault Falcon 900 France VIP 3[10]
C-130J Super Hercules United States tactical airlift 16[4]
Helicopter
Agusta-Bell 212 Italy utility 32[4] licensed built by Agusta
MD 500 Defender Italy light utility NH-500M 2[4] licensed built by Breda Nardi
AgustaWestland AW101 United Kingdom utility / CSAR 6 6 on order[4]
AgustaWestland AW139 Italy utility / SAR 15[4]
Trainer aircraft
Typhoon Italy conversion trainer 13 1 on order[4]
F-35 Lightning II United States conversion trainer F-35A 4[4]
Panavia Tornado Italy conversion trainer IDS 8[4]
AMX International Italy conversion trainer AMX-T 5[4]
Alenia M-346 Italy advanced trainer T-346A 18[11]
Alenia M-345 Italy advanced trainer 45 on order[12]
Piaggio P.180 Italy multi-engine trainer 6[4]
Tecnam P2006T Italy multi-engine trainer 3[4]
Aermacchi MB-339 Italy jet trainer 72[4]
SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 Italy basic trainer 30[4]
McDonnell Douglas MD 500 Italy light trainer NH-500M 38[4] licensed built by Breda Nardi
UAV
MQ-1C Predator A+ United States surveillance 6[13]
MQ-9A Predator B United States surveillance 6[14]
Piaggio-Selex P.1HH Hammerhead Italy surveillance 6 on order[15]

Italian Army Aviation[edit]

Current inventory[edit]

A Mangusta air display at RIAT 2005
A Dornier Do-228 of the Italian Army
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Transport
Piaggio P.180 Italy transport 3[4]
Dornier Do 228 Germany transport 3[4] STOL capable aircraft
Helicopter
Agusta A129 Italy anti-armor 32[16]
Agusta Bell 206 Italy utility 32[4]
Agusta Bell 205 Italy utility 58[4]
Agusta-Bell 412 United States utility / CASEVAC 21[4] licensed built by Agusta
Agusta-Bell 212 United States utility 9[4] licensed built by Agusta
CH-47 Chinook United States transport CH-47C/F 24 3 on order[4] - licensed built by Elicotteri Meridionali
NHIndustries NH90 France utility / transport 36 23 on order[4]
AgustaWestland AW109 Italy utility / scout 15[4]
UAV
AAI RQ-7 Shadow United States surveillance 16 4 TUAS ordered in 2010[17]

Italian Naval Aviation[edit]

Current inventory[edit]

An Italian AV-8B Harrier II+
An AW101 over the aircraft carrier Cavour
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
AV-8B Harrier II United States ground attack AV-8B+ 14[4] V/STOL capable aircraft
F-35 Lightning II United States multirole F-35B 1 14 on order[18]
Transport
Piaggio P.180 Italy transport 3[4]
Helicopter
SH-3 Sea King United States ASW / ASuW ASH-3D/H 7[4] licensed built by Agusta
Agusta-Bell 212 Italy ASW / utility 32[4] licensed built by Agusta
NHIndustries NH90 European union ASW / Transport NFH /TTH 24 22 on order[4]
AgustaWestland AW101 United Kingdom / Italy VERTREP / SAR 19[4] 4 dedicated for the AEW role
Trainer aircraft
AV-8B Harrier II United States ground attack TAV-8B 1[4] V/STOL capable aircraft
UAV
Camcopter S-100 Austria surveillance 2[19][20]
Boeing Insitu ScanEagle United States surveillance 10[21]

Carabinieri[edit]

An Agusta-Bell 412
Aircraft[22] Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Fixed-wing
Piaggio P180 Avanti Italy patrol Avanti II
Helicopter
Agusta-Bell AB412 Italy SAR / utility 412SP/HP licensed built by Agusta
AgustaWestland AW109 Italy utility / patrol 109A/E/Mk.II

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.airbus.com/content/dam/corporate-topics/publications/o&d/2018-09_MRS_GEN_Ord-Deliv-by-country.pdf
  2. ^ Jennings, Gareth. "Italian MoD takes delivery of first non-US built F-35B". Jane Defense. IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ Template:Cite pg. 10
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am "World Air Forces 2018". Flightglobal Insight. 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  5. ^ Egozi, Arie (23 January 2018). "Italy receives second G550 for AEW duties". Flight Global. Tel Aviv. Archived from the original on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  6. ^ "LEONARDO DELIVERS FIRST TWO P-72AS TO THE ITALIAN AIR FORCE; THE FUTURE GUARDIAN OF THE MEDITERRANEAN IS READY". Leonardo S.p.A. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  7. ^ "AIRBUS A319CJ". Ministero della Difesa. Aeronautica Militare. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  8. ^ "This Airbus A340-500 is Italy's new Air Force One". The Aviationist. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  9. ^ "FALCON 50". Ministero della Difesa. Aeronautica Militare. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  10. ^ "FALCON 900EX". Ministero della Difesa. Aeronautica Militare. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Leonardo Delivers the 18th M-346 to the Italian AF". asdnews.com. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Italian Air Force signs for M-345 trainer aircraft". IHS Jane's. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  13. ^ "MQ-1C Predator A+". Ministero della Difesa. Aeronautica Militare. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  14. ^ "MQ-9A PREDATOR B". Ministero della Difesa. Aeronautica Militare. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  15. ^ "'Aeronautica "cliente di lancio" del Piaggio P.1HH". Analisi Difesa (in Italian). Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Rapporto Esercito 2017" (PDF). Esercito Italiano. Esercito Italiano. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  17. ^ "AAI to Provide Shadow Unmanned Aircraft to Italian Army". Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  18. ^ "1st F-35B delivered Italian Navy". Air Forces Monthly pg. 10. Key Publishing. March 2018.
  19. ^ "The Aviationist » The Italian Navy is testing a tiny Camcopter drone from its amphibious warfare ship". The Aviationist. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Messaggio Forum". Regiamarinaitaliana.forumgratis.org. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  21. ^ "Insitu: contract with the Italian Navy for ScanEagle UAS aircraft delivery". Avionews.it. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  22. ^ "SERVIZIO AEREO CARABINIERI". aviazione-italiana.it. Retrieved 28 July 2017.