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The Italian army will acquire a military version of Leonardo's AW169 helicopter

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It has been in question since January, but it is now confirmed: the Italian army will acquire the latest addition to Leonardo's range of helicopters, the AW169. If it was already established that the aircraft would be used in its civilian variant for the training of Italian military pilots, the purchase declaration published by the Italian Ministry of Defense also mentions the development of an armed variant of the device , the AW169 Multi-role Advanced, or AW169MA.

At the beginning of the year, the Italian armies announced their purchasing intentions in order to modernize their equipment . The Esercito Italiano (Italian Army) then mentioned the acquisition in the coming years of AW169 helicopters in order to replace its disparate fleet of older generation helicopters, mainly Agusta-Bell AB212 and AB412. At the time, the acquisition program was called Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and aimed to rationalize the logistics and support helicopter fleets around a single aircraft. This fleet of light helicopters would then support the medium-sized NH90 helicopters and the heavy CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

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Leonardo has extensive experience in the integration of weapons and optronic balls on its helicopters. The AW169MA should be very versatile, suitable for logistical missions as well as combat operations.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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