Two German Pilots Have Just Graduated At The International Flight Training School

IFTS M-346 at Decimomannu Air Base (Image credit: ItAF)

The 2 German Air Force pilots have actually ended up being the very first worldwide graduates of the IFTS.

The IFTS (International Flight Training School), a joint endeavor in between the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) and Leonardo in partnership with CAE, finished the very first worldwide trainee pilots. After 9 months of training at the Italian flight school, 2 German Air Force (Luftwaffe) pilots have actually simply finished the Phase IV (Advanced/Lead-In to Fighter Training– LIFT) course, the most sophisticated and difficult section of the fighter pilots’ training throughout which students carrying out modern multirole training are contacted us to carry out air-to-air along with air-to-ground sorties with numerous risks and complicated establish.

The flying activities happened at the 61 ° Stormo (Wing) at Galatina Air Base, in southeastern Italy, where the IFTS is headquartered till it can transfer at the school being developed at Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia, (where a groundbreaking event was kept in December 2020 to mark the start of the building works). When finished, it will be a flight academy efficient in hosting trainees and technical personnel, in addition to lodging, leisure locations, a snack bar, sports centers. A whole structure will be house to the GBTS (Ground-Based Training System), with class and the setup of a contemporary training system, which is based upon the current generation of simulation gadgets.

Although IFTS has actually temporarily moved there yet, the tail end of the LIFT course happened in “Deci”, that is house to the AWTI (Air Weapons Training Installation), a completely incorporated training setup with air-to-air and air-to-ground in addition to an EW (Electronic Warfare) variety. Surprisingly, the pictures launched by the Italian Air Force and Leonardo reveal the German pilots who simply finished at the IFTS presenting beside M-346 s bring BRD 4-250(Bomb and Rockets Training Dispenser), utilized to fill 4 Low-drag BDU-33 D/B bombs for usage in the varieties.

A GAF trainee pilot with an ItAF trainer pilot (IP) in the cockpit of an ItAF M -346(T -346 A).( Image credit: ItAF )

The IFTS will run a fleet of 22 M -346 jets: 4 Leonardo owned airplane( the latter of those was provided in October 2019) and18 Italian Air Force T -346 As( as the M -346 is designated by the Italian MOD Mission Design Series). Training at the IFTS is provided by a cadre of active-duty Italian Air Force and extremely skilled global previous military trainer pilots.

Along with the German Air Force, the Qatar Emiri Air Force and the Japan Air Self Defense Force have actually currently chosen to send out pilots to the Italian IFTS.


David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most well-known and check out military air travel blog sites. Because1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and numerous others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal activity and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown a number of battle airplanes with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 books and added to much more ones.

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