Leonardo S p A: Aircraft IFTS, Italian excellence. A virtuous example of collaboration between Leonardo and the Italian Air Force

The infrastructure works include the construction of a new logistics and maintenance centre, hangars and a flight line for the 22 M-346s, and the creation of GBTS (Ground Training System), including two Complete Mission Simulators and three Partial task trainer synthetic simulators for emergency management training modules and more advanced training missions, as well as classrooms and offices. These works are in addition to those related to logistical infrastructure (canteen, sports facilities) and the creation of around a hundred accommodation units for Italian and international visitors who will be trained each year in Decimomannu.

This truly unique infrastructure benefits from a very high degree of technological innovation and will generate significant benefits for the territory, both in terms of jobs and in economic terms.

Leonardo and CAE provide operational support to the IFTS through the ‘Leonardo CAE Advanced Jet Training‘ joint venture. They do this through an integrated logistics support service, which optimizes the management of fleets and simulators for maximum operability.

The school covers a total area of ​​130,000 m², which is the equivalent of 18 football pitches. Around 35,000 m² are dedicated to buildings currently under construction.

The international value of the project, the economic benefits and jobs for the territory of an initiative of this scale and the high technological level of the IFTS were at the center of the event which was held on Sunday November 13 at Decimomannu base. The event brought together, among others, the Vice-president of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, Giuseppe Fasolino, Italian Air Force Chief of Staff General Luca Goretti and, for Leonardo, President Luciano Carta, CEO Alessandro Profumo and General Manager Lucio Valerio Cioffi.

From left to right:
Lucio Valerio Cioffi, General Manager of Leonardo, Giuseppe Fasolino, Vice President of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, Michele Pais, President of the Council of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, General Luca Goretti, Chief of Staff of the Army Italian Air Force and Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo.

The first courses will begin in July this year, and Qatari, Japanese, German and Singaporean air forces have already chosen IFTS for their pilots. The academy benefits from the Italian Air ForceLeonardo’s pilot training expertise and tradition and advanced expertise Live, virtual and constructive technologies, which allow students to interact, via a simulator, with pilots in flight during a training mission.

The real and the virtual merge into a single operational scenario in this integrated simulation environment. Pilots in the plane see on their visors what pilots in the simulators see on their monitors on the ground. The reproduction of complex scenarios allows up to 10 friendly and enemy aircraft to interact as if they were all flying in the same patch of sky. Calling it augmented reality is almost reductive.

This new training model takes training capabilities to an even higher level. It demonstrates Leonardo’s desire to strengthen its international competitive position as a Training service provider in the higher education sector.
Aeronautical research and the ever wider use of digital technologies will be crucial to operate in increasingly complex and competitive international environments.

LEONARDO’S COMMITMENT TO IFTS AT DECIMOMANNU 35,000 130,000 M²+ NEW CAMPUS WITH M²+ OF INTERIOR SPACE 300 UP TO PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION (MAINLY LOCALS) 400 WELCOMED > PEOPLE PER YEAR – CIVILIANS, MILITARY AND STUDENTS HIGHLY SPECIALIZED EMPLOYEES INCLUDING CIVILIAN 250 150 EMPLOYMENT FOR >

22 M-346 2 FULL MISSION SIMULATORS + 3 FLIGHT TRAINING DEVICES FLIGHT HOURS PER YEAR 40 INSTRUCTORS > 70 LIFT COURSES PER YEAR > 8,000 FLIGHT SCHOOL

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