The deployment entails a “bundle” that features Italian Air Power stealth jets, airborne early warning plane and tankers.
A small however well-assorted contingent of belongings from the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Power) will deploy to Japan early subsequent month to participate in joint coaching with the JASDF (Japan Air Self-Protection Power). 4 F-35As with the 32° Stormo (Wing) from Amendola Air Base, accompanied by three KC-767 tankers and one G550 CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning) plane of the 14th Wing from Pratica di Mare, and a C-130J from the 46^ Brigata Aerea (Air Brigade) from Pisa, will deploy to Komatsu Air Base, on the western coast of Japan.
From Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, 2023, the Italian Lightning II jets will conduct bilateral coaching with the native primarily based F-15s of the ninth Air Wing, that will even be supported by the KC-767 tankers of the first Tactical Airlift Group. Apparently, primarily based on the official JASDF public launch, the train won’t see the involvement of the Japanese Lightnings, primarily based at Misawa AB, within the northern a part of the island.
The aim of the joint coaching is to enhance tactical expertise and promote mutual understanding, and additional deepen protection cooperation to understand a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”. The train will even be the chance for the 2 air forces to share their experiences, thought-about the commonality within the fleets of the ItAF and JASDF: each are F-35 operators (and plan to function a combined fleet of A and B models) and each function the Boeing KC-767 tankers.
For sure, the coaching exercise falls inside the scope of the rising ties between Italy and Japan, which resulted within the settlement between the Italian Air Power and the JASDF for the coaching of the Japanese student pilots on the International Flight Training School (IFTS), primarily based in Decimomannu, in addition to the economic cooperation within the GCAP (International Fight Air Program) for the event of the following era fighter.
The long-range deployment, the primary ever to Japan with tactical plane, for the Aeronautica Militare, will start by the top of July, with a fancy energy projection operation that will even put to check the expeditionary capabilities of the Italian Air Power and its skill to help and function a number of belongings in a really distant theatre.