Italian Navy aircraft carrier Cavour prepares to receive its first carrier-based fighter, the F-35
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The new aircraft will go to Cavour to replace the outdated AV-8B Harrier.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.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/, U.S. Navy, https://twitter.com/NavyLookout
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