Un effort de rénovation. L'armée italienne est engagée dans un effort notable de rénovation et remplacement de ses hélicoptères. Elle a ainsi commandé 60 hélicoptères NH90 TTH, à AgustaWestland. Ceux-ci sont en cours de livraison. Et une rénovation et mise à jour des systèmes de visée des hélicoptères d'attaque multiroles AW129 est en cours.
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, had announced, today, that it has been awarded a contract for sixteen ICH-47F Chinook helicopters plus four options for the Italian Army by the General Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO). The contract value is approximately € 900 million and includes a five year logistic support service. The delivery of the first aircraft is planned for 2013 with final deliveries in 2017. The ICH-47Fs will be operated by the Italian Army Aviation 1st Regiment “Antares” based in Viterbo and will replace the 40 CH-47C Chinooks that have been in service since 1973.
AgustaWestland is currently continuing to deliver NH90 TTH helicopters to the Italian Army having started deliveries in December 2007. The service has ordered 60 NH90 TTH helicopters which will replace older models currently operated in various utility roles. AgustaWestland is also undertaking a targeting system upgrade for the Italian Army AW129 EES helicopter fleet.