Qatari Emiri Air Force officers visit the Italian Air Force flight training school

Qatari Emiri Air Force M-346
Italian Air Force T-346A trainer jet.

On July 11, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, Gen. Luca Goretti, received the Qatar Emiri Air Force Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. Hazza Nasser Al-Shahwani, during the Airmen to Airmen Talks (AtAK) held at the Italian Air Force Palace in Rome.

During the meeting, Gen. Goretti and Gen. Al Shahwani took stock the current cooperation between the Air Forces of the two countries, focusing on the flight training of Qatar Emiri Air Force personnel.

The day before the AtAK, a Qatari delegation visited the Italian Air Force flight training school at the 61st Wing in Galatina, Italy. In Galatina they were welcomed by the base commander, Col. Alberto Surace, who introduced them to a detailed briefing on the phases and the training opportunity offered by the flight school.

Subsequently, the officers visited the ITS (Integrated Training System) - T346 where the Lead In Fighter Training takes place. It is the most advanced stage and is intended for pilots destined for combat aircraft.

Furthermore, during the visit to the GBTS (Ground Based Training System) building, which hosts the flight simulators, they were attracted by the LVC (Live, Virtual and Constructive) philosophy that allows students to operate simultaneously, and in a combined manner, in real flight (live) and on the various types of simulators (virtual), interfacing with any type of computer-generated force / threat (constructive).

Qatar Emiri Air Force has already had the opportunity to admire the peculiarities of the T-346 system. Its representatives were able to appreciate the technological peculiarities of the Leonardo's most advanced trainer jet in November 2018, on the occasion of the Middle East Tour organized by the Italian Air Force together with Leonardo SpA, and during their previous visit to the school on April 15, 2019.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Images (2nd, 3rd): Italian Air Force

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