Slovak government representatives visit Italian Air Force flight training school

Italian Air Force flight school
Italian Air Force flight training school, 61st Wing, Lecce-Galatina Air Base.

The Undersecretary of State for Defense of the Slovak Republic, Marian Majer, together with the Ambassador of Slovakia to Italy Karla Wursterov√°, visited on Thursday the international flight school of the Italian Air Force at the 61st Wing, Lecce-Galatina Air Base, Southern Italy. The guests were welcomed by General Silvano Frigerio, Commander of the Italian Air Force Schools - 3rd Air Region, and by Colonel Filippo Nannelli, Commander of the 61st Wing.

Colonel Nannelli illustrated the history, mission and comprehensive training package offered by the school to the Slovak authorities, underlining the long experience of the Italian Air Force in the field of training (75 years) and the highly technological systems deployed at the 61st Wing.

Italian Air Force flight school

While visiting the Ground Based Training System, they were drawn to the platform used to train future fighter pilots, the Integrated Training System (ITS) T-346, whose Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) capabilities allow students to train in extremely complex synthetic environments, as well as connect the simulators to the T-346 jets in operational activity, creating a network in which virtual aircraft, aircraft on real mission and other synthetic tracks elaborated on the computer, carry out joint missions.

"The activity represented, once again, a precious opportunity to introduce other countries, in this case the Slovak Republic, to the national capabilities in the field of flight training," said General Frigerio. "We are aware that we represent excellence, thanks to the introduction of increasingly modern training systems and methods conformed to the latest generation weapon systems. We are also proud that many countries from all over the world are attracted to this extraordinary innovative capacity of the training process used by the 61st Wing of the Italian Air Force."

Italian Air Force flight school

Majer's trip to Italy took place a few days after the end of the Piestany Airshow, which included Leonardo among the main exhibitors. The Italian aircraft manufacturer has long been aiming to strengthen cooperation with Slovakia in the defense sector.

While in Italy, Majer met some Leonardo representatives to talk about the possible purchase of tactical trainer jets or military drones, as well as cyber defense solutions. As for the C-27J Spartan cargo planes, Slovakia is interested in developing cooperation for the maintenance and repair of its aircraft (the Slovak Air Force currently operates two C-27Js).

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Images: Italian Air Force

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