5,000 Flight Hours for the Italian F-35As of the 32nd Wing

August 21, 2020

The 32nd Wing of the Italian Air Force reached 5,000 flight hours with the F-35A on August 12, the Italian Air Force announced.

The 5,000 flight hours milestone is testimony to the experience achieved in operations with the F-35: since 2018 the aircraft was integrated in the Italian airspace surveillance service NATO Quick Reaction Alert – QRA; in the same year it reached the Initial Operational Capability; it took part in the latest NATO Air Policing operations in Iceland and in the many international exercises, such as the Red Flag 20-2 and the Blue Flag 2019.

“Thanks to the teamwork and high skills of all the men and women of the Wing it has been possible to achieve this result, which must be considered as a starting point towards more ambitious goals, in the ongoing transformation of the Armed Forces in fifth generation”, commented the Commander of the 32nd Wing, Col. Stefano Castelnuovo.

The Italian Air Force's note stresses out that the aircraft’s high detection, identification and engagement accuracy capabilities, combined with the innovative net-centric capabilities, provide pilots with unprecedented situational awareness and make the weapon system a valuable asset that fits perfectly into the modern operational context.

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