2018 – TLP 2018-04 – Media Day

Amendola Air Base – 30 November 2018

Third day (photos of the first and second day can be found which and which) alla TLP 2018-04, Amendola, to follow the event at Media Day.
The day, perfectly organized, It has allowed the audience to experience first hand the state of the F program 35 in Italy.

The first part of the morning (the presence of the Chief of Air Staff, Team Air Force General Alberto Rosso) He was dedicated to the Commander of the conference of the 32nd Wing, Colonel David Marzinotto, sugli assett che lo equipaggiano: MQ 1 Predator A+, MQ 9 Reaper e F 35A Lightning II. Questa dotazione fa dell’aeroporto di Amendola il centro d’eccellenza dell’Aeronautica Militare con una delle più alte concentrazioni tecnologiche al mondo.

 

 

 

 

Amendola (ICAO: GOOSE) è enorme, his 14,5 km perimeter and 1100 hectares make it the largest military airfield in Italy and second in Europe only to Ramstein. It is about 15 km east of Foggia, along Highway “Garganica” and it is named after Lt. Pilot Luigi Rovelli, gold medal for valor.

                                     

the April (Aircraft Pilot in Remote) They are supplied at 28 ° and 61 ° Group, as already mentioned, They are the MQ 1 Predator A + e i MQ 9A Reaper. These aircraft at General Atomics only at first glance may seem big aircraft. Sono invece stipati di quanto di meglio la tecnologia moderna sia riuscita ad inventare in fatto di sistemi di visione e trasmissione delle immagini e riescono a orbitare sugli obbiettivi assegnati fino a 30 hours (!) without interruption, transmitting at any point of the world information captured. Hanno operato in tutti i Paesi dove le nostre Forze Armate hanno compiuto e compiono azioni. Right now there are 2 detachments: one to Sigonella (61° Gruppo) and the other in Kuwait, ad Ali Al Salem. Also they carry out missions in case of risk events (G 8 2009, Jubilee 2015), natural disasters or aid (Safe operations in the Mediterranean Sea and Mare Nostrum). Il primo e più anziano modello pesa al decollo fino a poco più di una tonnellata mentre il secondo, much bigger and handsome, it weighs over 4 1/2. Per sfruttare a fondo le loro prestazioni non basta il solo pilota, ma è necessario un equipaggio di 4 people: Pilota, Sensor Operator, Mission Monitor Coordinator e Avionics Specialist, un team altamente specializzato che opera fianco a fianco per spremere dai sensori dei velivoli fino all’ultimo bit utile.

Dopo la parte dedicata ai droni, è stata la volta del 13° Gruppo con il suo Lockheed Martin F 35A Lightning II, il nuovo aereo di 5ª generazione in dotazione all’Aeronautica Militare. Vi dico subito che la presentazione è stata entusiasmante e interessantissima per l’evidente balzo qualitativo compiuto dal nuovo JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) che ha lasciato in una scia di polvere tutto quello che c’era prima.
It is not just about performance, but the whole way of thinking fighter planes. Chi avrà questi aerei sarà avanti mille miglia rispetto a tutti gli altri e l’Italia non sarà fra questi ultimi
The aircraft, He landed at Amendola for the first time the 12 December 2016, It is currently present in 10 duplicate in the Air Force files. It’ selected from the AM and by the Navy to replace Tornado, AMX and AV 8B approaching the end of their useful life. The initial requirement provided, compared with these machines:
  – The increase in the combat radius with armament in the internal bays
  – Very low radar signature and ability to operate in high threat level environments
  – Avionics advanced and fully integrated, with data link and targeting capabilities high distance and accuracy
  – Capacity netcentric.
All this guarantees the F 35 to be a real machine from Air Superiority, able to collect and distribute information in a timely network to decision makers. A real multiplier then forces, It equipped with more than 150 processors that process something like over 8,6 million lines of software programming (compared to 1 million rows of 4th generation aircraft like the Typhooon or 2,2 million F 22) !!! Non dimentichiamo poi la dotazione sensoristica: the highly advanced electronic scanning radar AN / APG 81, FLIR, IRST e CNI (Communications, Navigation and Identification), all it integrated in the projected display inside the helmet visor of the pilot (HMS), consentendogli di avere unaconsapevolezza della situazionea 360°, una capacità senza precedenti !
The new Lightning will then “Game Changer” Air Force, providing it with a platform capable of penetrating, to survive, collect and distribute essential information / strategic and providing an important tool for international relations to safeguard national interests.

After engaging presentation, Marzinotto the Colonel left the stage to Colonel Andres Maldonado, Comandandante del Tactical Leadership Program, who illustrated the TLP program in general and the particular event Amendola. The exercise will continue until 14 December and almost every day there is a different mission aircraft of all participating nations (Italy, USA, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands) divise in Red Force e Blue Force.

At the conclusion intervened CSMA, general S.A.. Alberto Rosso to break the news of the coming of the 13th IOC Group (reported which), first department in Europe to achieve this goal.

Afterwards we were taken inside the citadel F 35, where a static had been prepared with a copy of all air present exercise and the opportunity to ask questions to the participants in the pilots.

It’ It was a great day, which allowed those present to feel first hand the profound meaning of “Air Force 4.0”, a concept that already the previous CSMA, General Vecciarelli, He had introduced and today we have seen explained in the most direct and credible way: with facts.

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