Sunday, November 21, 2010
Italian aircraft carrier "Cavour" will operate variant F-35B JSF
The Italian aircraft carrier Cavour hosted a meeting between various military branches, as part of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), in which the Marina Militare Italiana plans to buy 22 fighters F-35B STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing), between the years 2014 and 2021.
The meeting was attended by representatives of various government agencies in Italy and the USA (SEGREDIFESA, MARISTAT, NAVARM, UTNAV Genova, group-), as well as representatives of industries Lockheed Martin and Selex Sistemi Integrati Fincantieri.
Working together with members of the crew of Cavour, The meeting aimed to identify the best technical solutions that will allow the first generation of the F-35B can operate the boat from 2016.
Recently the British government decided to replace your order of jets to the F-35B F-35C version of the conventional takeoff and landing on aircraft carriers, now leaving the Italian Navy as the only foreign operator of the STOVL variant of JSF.
The F-35B will replace the AV-8B Harrier II (pictured below) in the Italian Navy.