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German Air Force Pilots Commence Training at IFTS

Joining Qatari Pilots in Training on M-346

Two German Air Force pilots are commencing training at the International Flight Training School (IFTS) – a strategic collaboration between the Italian Air Force and Leonardo.

In line with an agreement between the Italian and German Air Forces, the two German pilots will be following the Phase IV/Lead-In Fighter Training (LiFT) conducted for Qatari pilots since June this year at the 6st Wing Airbase in Lecce Galatina. The Qatar Emiri Air Force pilots have completed the synthetic training modules, both on the Partial Task Trainer (PTT) and the Full Mission Simulator (FMS) – two of the devices integrated into the training system based on the T-346A aircraft. They have now begun their in-flight instructional training.

The IFTS is an international benchmark for military pilot training, particularly in Phase IV. It also encompasses an industrial partnership between Leonardo and CAE for the maintenance and support of the aircraft fleet and simulators.

The Qatari and now German Air Forces’ decision to send pilots to train in Italy offers clear evidence that the benefits of the Italian training system are recognised, and testifies to the potential of this ambitious international project. A new, wider, IFTS campus is under construction at Decimomannu Air Force Base in Sardinia – a flight academy capable of hosting students and technical staff, in addition to accommodation, recreational areas, a cafeteria, sports facilities. Its infrastructure will assure the operations of the 22 M-346 (designated T-346A by the Italian Air Force) aircraft fleet. An entire building will be home to the Ground Based Training System (GBTS), with classrooms and the installation of a modern training system, based on latest-generation simulators.

An M-346 trainer in IFTS livery. (Photo: Leonardo)

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