Signature of the Contract for the Upgrade of 25 Tornado Aircraft of the Italian Air Force — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
December 22, 2010

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Signature of the Contract for the Upgrade of 25 Tornado Aircraft of the Italian Air Force

In accordance with the requirement of the Italian Air Force (IAF) to increase the Tornado aircraft capability by installation of the most advanced communication, navigation, armament and defence systems on 22nd December 2010 the Contract “RET 8” for the upgrade 25 Tornado Aircraft was signed between the Customer NETMA, represented by the General Manager and Panavia, represented by the Managing Director.

The upgrade contract of the 25 Tornado aircraft comprising 15 ECR version and 10 IDS version amounts to 96 Mio €, the majority of which is relevant to Alenia Aeronautica activities; this amount is in addition to the 65 Mio € already provided for the supply of the Equipment and Kits to be installed on the same aircraft.

The RET 8 upgrade installation and embodiment activities are following the completion of the “Italian Mid Life Update (IT MLU)”, Design and Integration Programme performed by the three European industries of the Tornado programme with Alenia Aeronautica, a Company of Finmeccanica as Lead Company with the support of BAE Systems and EADS of the Panavia consortium and of various European and North American suppliers.

By delivering the 25 aircraft of the RET 8 Contract, Alenia Aeronautica will, by 2015, complete the upgrade of the Tornado fleet of the Italian Air Force to the MLU Standard.

This contract follows the “RET 7” aircraft upgrade contract of which Alenia returned the 1st retrofitted A/C to IAF service at 6th Stormo Ghedi (Brescia) on 20th December 2010.

The Tornado Programme, commenced in 1969 with the participation of the three founding Nations: Italy, United Kingdom and Germany, with the Panavia Consortium performing the design, development and the production of almost 1,000 aircraft, including the aircraft exported to the Royal Saudi Air Force. To date Tornado has achieved over 2.6 million flying hours.

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