Italian Navy aircraft carrier Cavour prepares to receive its first carrier-based fighter, the F-35

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This month, the Italian Navy aircraft carrier Cavour prepares to receive its first carrier-based fighter, the F-35. The aircraft is now undergoing final testing at Cameri Airbase in Italy, where the final assembly and testing facility is located, which is to produce 90 F-35s for the Italian military, including 30 F-35Bs.

The head of the air operations of the Italian Navy, Rear Admiral Dino Torresi, said that, since the test flights of the new fighter were completed, it would soon be delivered to the aircraft carrier Cavour.




Previously, the Italian Navy received two more F-35Bs, which were sent to the United States to participate in a training program for crews and technical personnel. This modification is capable of taking off on short runways and landing vertically.


In the meantime, since the beginning of this year, the aircraft carrier itself has undergone certification work in the United States, including sea trials with American fighters.

The new aircraft will go to Cavour to replace the outdated AV-8B Harrier. Until recently, the air wing of this battleship consisted of eight such attack aircraft and 12 helicopters.
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  1. +8
    July 2 2021
    Italy come to your senses, no one needs aircraft carriers, they are ruining the country! Sarcasm.
  2. +2
    July 2 2021
    Mussolini said that Italy is itself a large and unsinkable aircraft carrier, and therefore she does not need aircraft carriers ... laughing
    1. -1
      July 2 2021
      A total of 22 aircraft. TAVKR, "Admiral Gorshkov" could "take up to 30, and was better armed.
      1. +5
        July 2 2021
        Quote: knn54
        A total of 22 aircraft. TAVKR, "Admiral Gorshkov" could "take up to 30, and was better armed.

        Keyword "MOG" and this one MAY.
      2. +4
        July 2 2021
        A total of 22 aircraft.

        It seems like there are only 8 aircraft on Cavour? And 12 helicopters?
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        3. +2
          July 3 2021
          The hangar has an area of ​​2500 m² and the data show that "it is designed to accommodate up to 12 helicopters or, alternatively, 4 helicopters and a maximum of 8 aircraft." In case of need or emergency, it can accommodate about 16 aircraft in the hangar, sacrificing freedom of movement. The cockpit is sized to accommodate a maximum of 24 aircraft in various configurations, including aircraft and helicopters, for a maximum of 40 aircraft. However, 40 aircraft will never be able to work, as the ship will become a simple aircraft carrier, in fact, to work as an aircraft carrier, space is needed both for the movement of the aircraft and for the necessary repairs in the workshop inside the hangar.
          1. +1
            July 3 2021
            The maximum number of aircraft that can be transported for use as a Royal Navy-style aircraft carrier during the Falklands War is estimated at approximately 36, including F-35 fighters and EH 101 and NH 90 helicopters.
    2. -6
      July 2 2021
      Congratulations to the Italian Navy on the new outfit!
    3. +1
      July 2 2021
      Quote: Xlor
      Mussolini said that Italy is itself a large and unsinkable aircraft carrier, and therefore she does not need aircraft carriers ... laughing

      And then Supermarina gnashed her teeth at the fact that when needed - there was no coastal aviation, and it only arrived when everything was over. Moreover, the valiant falcons of the Duce can also unload on their own ships. It was not because of the good life that the Italians had to paint the decks of ships in the bows with red and white stripes (on the Fiume, the quick identification stripes even reached the wheelhouse).
      1. +1
        July 2 2021
        An aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea, it doesn't matter that an aircraft carrier is in the Caspian or already on the dry Aral Sea ... wink
        1. +1
          July 2 2021
          Quote: Xlor
          An aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea, it doesn't matter that an aircraft carrier is in the Caspian or already on the dry Aral Sea ... wink

          * looks thoughtfully towards USN 6th Fleet.
          In addition, the Italian Navy, in addition to its own backs, also has tasks within the framework of NATO. And, in the end, AB should not be written off just because its air group is outdated. This could only be afforded by a helluva lot of rich Russia (/ sarcasm off).
  3. -4
    July 2 2021
    Is that why Italy needs an aircraft carrier? And with 35s too?
    1. +2
      July 2 2021
      Quote: Ruslan Sulima
      Is that why Italy needs an aircraft carrier? And with 35s too?

      Because they already have it.
      But the avigroup let us down - "Harriers" have become rarities. So we changed the planes to newer ones. This is a common thing for AB, you can recall the same "Midway", which began service with piston "Corsairs", and finished - with jet "Hornets".
      1. +1
        July 2 2021
        Yes, you can remember a lot) But why? I don't understand)
        1. 0
          July 2 2021
          Suddenly someone asks, but they have. fellow

          Nothing more.
        2. 0
          July 2 2021
          Quote: Ruslan Sulima
          But why? I don't understand)

          To form and support the NATO Expeditionary Force. And it can operate far not only in the Mediterranean Sea, but, if necessary, in the Atlantic and in the Indian Ocean. And if NATO discipline comes in handy, then in the South China Sea.
          England is out again - playing "The Lady of the Seas".
          And Italy himself "God" ordered, after all, the Metropolis of the Roman Empire ... lol
  4. +7
    July 2 2021
    Judging by the appearance of the ship, the descendants of the Romans, as always, by design, are ahead of the rest of the planet. I have always admired the design of Italian cars.
    1. +1
      July 2 2021
      Judging by the appearance of the ship, the descendants of the Romans, as always, by design, are ahead of the rest.

      I don’t know, for me, not a single aircraft carrier is beautiful and has not come close to our Kuznetsov)))
      1. +5
        July 2 2021
        Yes. Handsome! Especially when you are standing under this colossus, on the pier ..
      2. -7
        July 2 2021
        I agree. "Admiral Kuznetsov" is very much decorated with smoke from a chimney, along with a smoke screen.
        1. +1
          July 2 2021
          Quote: Guardian of the Walls
          very decorating smoke from the chimney,

          This is in the past, he went to Syria on emergency boilers, by a willful decision.
          They have already been changed.
    2. 0
      July 2 2021
      by design - ahead of the rest
      - and usually all the pluses end there ... wassat
  5. +2
    July 2 2021
    Quote: Ruslan Sulima
    Is that why Italy needs an aircraft carrier? And with 35s too?

    Catching migrants in the Mediterranean sea! laughing
    1. 0
      July 2 2021
      Quote: Luminman
      Catching migrants in the Mediterranean sea

      What for ? belay They will sail themselves ... to the collection points!
  6. -1
    July 2 2021
    And so, judging by the video, they have an expensive take-off and landing procedure, what kind of effective combat use can we talk about?
    1. +3
      July 2 2021
      The takeoff and landing of the F35 is very simple - much easier than the conventional ones.
      aircraft. And there are no overloads and blows hazardous to the health of pilots
      along the spinal column. Which
      are typical for ejection takeoff and landing with an air arrestor.
      The vertical landing is fully automatic. May be
      carried out even by a novice pilot.
      1. 0
        July 2 2021
        Yes, you watch the video) He sits down somehow hesitantly)
        1. 0
          July 2 2021
          Quote: Ruslan Sulima
          Yes, you watch the video) He sits down somehow hesitantly)

          Still young. smile
          For such a VTOL aircraft, a ship is really needed that is much easier to equip, and the pilot is much more comfortable to land, our Yak-39 pilots will confirm this. But specific skills are needed, right down to instincts. It's difficult to retrain an ordinary pilot - acquired instincts get in the way. You need to take it straight from the cadet's bench.
          But it is easier to retrain from the Harrier to the F-35V.
          1. +1
            July 2 2021
            "Yak-39 pilots will confirm. But specific skills are needed, right down to instincts."
            ----
            On Yaks and Harriers it was like that. It took skill.
            The F-35B has an automatic landing option. The pilot does not need to touch anything.
            The autopilot will land the plane on a patch.
            1. +1
              July 2 2021
              Autopilot (automatic landing) has long been requested for such aircraft. The Yakovlev Design Bureau worked on this. Maybe these developments were implemented, then a large group traveled to the United States, some returned, some remained. I talked with one of them - I showed the watch Bush had donated.
  7. +2
    July 2 2021
    Toli Italians are engaged in complacency, roofing felts advertising F-35 is periodically resumed - look, the Italian Navy has already switched to the most, very. I wonder which country are going to fight and to whose shores will Cavour go?
    1. +4
      July 2 2021
      More like an advertisement ...
    2. 0
      July 2 2021
      Quote: rotmistr60
      I wonder which country are going to fight and to whose shores will Cavour go?

      Duc ... everything is as always - where NATO orders, they will go there.
      Plus, Italy has its former colony right next to it, on the territory of which the Turks are sorting out their relations with the monarchies of the Persian Gulf.
  8. -1
    July 2 2021
    They voluntarily climb into the noose. They will go broke with the F-35 for one service, and he still has to fly. And what are the specific serious tasks that Italy is going to solve? Otherwise, it is not profitable and very unprofitable to send them to all sorts of garbage.
  9. -1
    July 2 2021
    Quote: Alexey RA
    Quote: Xlor
    An aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea, it doesn't matter that an aircraft carrier is in the Caspian or already on the dry Aral Sea ... wink

    * looks thoughtfully towards USN 6th Fleet.

    Well, the United States is thousands of miles from its territory and an aircraft carrier for them, as in the proverb - I carry everything with me ... But why does Italy need an aircraft carrier?
    1. 0
      July 4 2021
      If Italy were on its own, then an aircraft carrier would not be needed. And since she is in NATO, she may be needed. Moreover, the Italians did not build a new one, but re-equipped the existing one.

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