On 21 October a technical agreement was signed between the Chief of Staff of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force or Koku-Jieitai, General Izutsu, and the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, Air Squad General Alberto Rosso, concerning the use of the International Flight Training School for the training of Japanese pilots in Italy.
The agreement will allow Japanese pilots to take advantage of the installations, technologies (latest generation simulators) and advanced training aircraft of the IFTS, the result of the collaboration between the Italian Air Force and the Leonardo company.
This initiative is part of the major framework collaboration agreement between JASDF and AMI already operational for example for the KC-767 program, the strategic refueling and transport aircraft in service with the two Air Forces.
For the International Flight Training School, Japanese participation is a further attestation of the very high quality level achieved by the structure.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force joins the Luftwaffe and Qatar Emiri Air Force for training services provided by the ITFS on the Air Force bases of Lecce-Galatina and Decimomannu.
Source and photos: Japan Air Self-Defense Force