Italian Air Force

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Italian Air Force
Aeronautica Militare
Coat of arms of the Italian Air Force
Coat of Arms of the Italian Air Force
Founded 28 March 1923 as Regia Aeronautica
Country  Italy
Type Air force
Role Aerial warfare
Size 43,000 personnel
716 aircraft
Part of Stemma araldico e distintivo dello Stato Maggiore Difesa.svg Italian Armed Forces
Motto(s) Latin: Virtute Siderum Tenus
(English: With valor to the stars)
March Marcia di Ordinanza dell'Aeronautica Militare (Ordinance March of the Air Force) by Alberto Di Miniello
Anniversaries 28 March (Air Force Day)
Decorations 1 Cavalier Cross of the Military Order of Savoy
3 Cavalier Crosses of the Military Order of Italy
2 Gold Medals of Military Valor
1 Gold Medal of Aviation Valor
5 Silver Medals of Military Valor
2 Silver Medals of Civil Valor
1 War Cross of Military Valor
1 Silver Medal of Merit of the Italian Red Cross
1 Gold Medal of Benemerited Public Honor
1 Gold Medal of Merit for Public Health
Commanders
Chief of Staff of Military Aviation Lieutenant General Enzo Vecciarelli
Insignia
Roundel LV Italian Air Force roundel.svg

The Italian Air Force (Italian: Aeronautica Militare; AM) is the aerial defence force of the Italian Republic. The Air Force was founded as an independent service arm on 28 March 1923, by King Victor Emmanuel III as the Regia Aeronautica (which equates to "Royal Air Force"), after World War II, when Italy was made a republic by referendum, the Regia Aeronautica was given its current name. Since its formation the service has held a prominent role in modern Italian military history, the aerobatic display team is the Frecce Tricolori.

History[edit]

Early history and World War I[edit]

Among the earlier adopters of military aviation, Italy's air arm dates back to 1884, when the Italian Royal Army (Regio Esercito) was authorised to acquire its own air component, the Air Service (Corpo Aeronautico Militare) operated balloons based near Rome.

Palazzo dell'Aeronautica, headquarters of the Italian Air Force.

In 1911, reconnaissance and bombing sorties during the Italo-Turkish War by the Servizio Aeronautico represented the first ever use of heavier than air aircraft in armed conflict.

The Regia Aeronautica and World War II[edit]

On 28 March 1923, the Italian air force was founded as an independent service by King Vittorio Emanuele III of the Kingdom of Italy, this air force was known as the Regia Aeronautica (Royal Air Force). During the 1930s, the fledgeling Regia Aeronautica was involved in its first military operations, first in Ethiopia in 1935, and later in the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939. After a period of neutrality, Italy entered World War II on 10 June 1940 alongside Germany, the Regia Aeronautica could deploy more than 3,000 aircraft, although less than 60% were serviceable. It fought from the icy steppes of Russia to the sand of the North African desert, losing men and machines.

After the armistice of 8 September 1943, Italy was divided into two sides, and the same fate befell the Regia Aeronautica, the Air Force was split into the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force in the south aligned with the Allies, and the pro-Axis Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana in the north until the end of the war. The end of the hostilities, on 8 May 1945, opened the gates to the rebirth of military aviation in Italy.

The birth of the Aeronautica Militare and the Cold War[edit]

Italian North American P-51D Mustang exhibited at the museum of Vigna di Valle

A popular vote by the people resulted in the end of the Kingdom of Italy and the establishment of the Italian Republic on 18 June 1946. Hence the Regia Aeronautica lost its "Royal" designation, and it became the Aeronautica Militare, a name that it has continued to hold ever since.

The Peace Treaty of Paris of 1947 placed severe restrictions on all of the Italian armed forces, but then the establishment of NATO in 1949 with Italy as a founding member brought about the necessity for the modernization of all of the Italian armed forces, including the Italian Air Force. American military aid sent by the Mutual Defense Assistance Program brought about the introduction of American-made P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang propeller-driven fighter planes. Then in 1952, the Italian Air Force was granted jet fighters for the first time, American F-84G Thunderjets and F-86D Sabre jets. Next F-84F jet fighters and C-119 Flying Boxcar transport planes were sent from the United States to the Italian Air Force, the reborn Italian aviation industry also began to develop and produce a few ingenious aircraft designs of its own, such as the Fiat G91, the Aermacchi MB-326, the Piaggio Aero P.166, and the line of Agusta-Bell helicopters.

The first supersonic fighters to serve in the Italian Air Force were American-designed F-104 Starfighters that were produced by a group of several European aircraft companies that included Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, Dornier, Fiat, Fokker, and SABCA. During the 1970s, the Air Force acquired the Italian Aeritalia G222 and the modern American C-130 Hercules tactical transport planes, capable of carrying cargo or paratroopers, it also received the new Lockheed-Aeritalia F-104S Starfighter fighters for ground attack and air-defence purposes.

Italian Air Force Hercules C-130J-30 departs the 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo, England

A push to expand the Italian aircraft industry led Italy into the trilateral project that developed the Panavia Tornado fighter-bomber and air-defence fighters along with West Germany and the United Kingdom, this was a huge development and production project. Tornado fighters are still in service with all three countries, plus a few more, as of 2012. Also, Italian companies worked together with the Embraer Company of Brazil in the smaller project of developing and producing the AMX International AMX aircraft.

From the end of the Cold War to 2013[edit]

In 1990, after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Italy joined the coalition forces, and for the first time in 45 years Italian pilots and aircraft were assigned to combat operations, with the need to replace the obsolescent F-104 Starfighters, Italy joined with Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom in the development of the Eurofighter Typhoon. With the Eurofighter Typhoon still some years from introduction to service, in 1994, 24 Air Defence Versions of the Panavia Tornado were leased from the United Kingdom for a period of 10 years, the ADV Tornados served as fighter-interceptors to supplement and then to replace the old F-104 Starfighters. The last of the Italian F-104s was withdrawn from service in 2004.

Armed conflicts in Somalia and Mozambique and on the nearby Balkan Peninsula, led to the Italian Air Force becoming a participant in multinational air forces, such as the NATO force over the former Yugoslavia. This latter one occurred just a few minutes flying time east of the Italian peninsula, and the commanders-in-chief of the Italian Air Force soon saw the need to improve the Italian air defences.

The Eurofighter Typhoons were originally expected to enter service beginning in the year 2000, but this did not happen on time. Hence the Italian Air Force needed to search for a supplement, and then a replacement for the Panavia Tornado Air Defence Version fighters that the Italian government had leased from the United Kingdom, this lease was expiring in 2004, and the Italian government did not want to take on the high expense of extending the lease. Hence the Italian government leased 34 F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter planes on multi-year leases from the US, the last of these fighters was returned to the United States in May 2012, following the Air Force's acquisition of a sufficient number of Eurofighter Typhoons over a period of several years. These Typhoons will serve at first in the mission of air-defence fighters after finally having replaced all of the F-104s, all of the Tornado ADVs and all of the F-16s.

The capability of the Italian Air Force in air transportation has been improved with the acquisition of 22 American C-130J tactical transports, and 12 Alenia C-27J Spartans, which have replaced all of the G222s; in 2003, the Italian Air Force extended its capabilities to small-scale land warfare by small special forces units. This was done by forming the 17º Stormo Incursori ("17th Special Operations Wing"), also known as RIAM, Reparto Incursori Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Raiders Group). This is a unit that is aimed primarily towards missions such as raids on land-based aeronautical compounds, on Forward Air Control units, and in Combat Search and Rescue operations.[1]

Equipment[edit]

As of 2014, the Italian Air Force[2] operates a total active fleet of 557 aerial vehicles,[3] of which 209 are manned combat aircraft and 12 Unmanned combat aerial vehicle; in addition there are 8 more Eurofighter Typhoon on order and 75 F-35 planned for the Italian Air force. These figures have been taken from Flightglobal.com[4][5] and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.[6][7][8]

Organisation[edit]

Air Force General Staff[edit]

The Air Force General Staff in Rome supervises five major commands.[9]

  • Capo di Stato Maggiore Aeronautica Militare (Chief of the Air Force General Staff - CaSMA) in Rome[10]
    • Comando della Squadra Aerea (Air Fleet Command - CSA) in Rome
    • Comando Logistico dell'AM (Air Force Logistic Command - CLOG AM) in Rome
    • Comando 1ª Regione Aerea (1st (North Italy) Air Region Command - 1ªRA) in Milan
    • Comando delle Scuole dell’AM/3ª Regione Aerea (Air Force Schools Command - 3rd (South Italy) Air Region - CSAM/3ªRA) in Bari
    • Comando Aeronautica Militare Roma (Air Force Command Rome - COMAER) at Centocelle Airport

Additionally the Ispettore dell’Aviazione per la Marina (Aviation Inspector for the Navy - ISPAVIAMAR) reports to the Chief of the Air Force General Staff, and equally to the Chief of the Navy General Staff, and oversees the technical and logistic aeronautical aspects, and the training of the Italian military's airborne anti-submarine forces.

Air Fleet Command[edit]

The Air Fleet Command (Comando della Squadra Aerea or CSA) controls all operative units, the intelligence, electronic warfare capabilities and the operational headquarter of the air force, the CSA ensures that unit is equipped, trained and prepared for combat duty and controls them during combat operations.

Air Operations Command[edit]

The Comando Operazioni Aeree (Air Operations Command - COA) conducts all operations of the Aeronautica Militare. COA controls all military radar installations in Italy and its Air Operations Center commands and controls the defence of Italy's air-space.

  • Comando Operazioni Aeree (Air Operations Command - COA) in Poggio Renatico
    • Air Operations Center (ITA-AOC / NATO CAOC 5) in Poggio Renatico
      • Reparto Servizi Coordinamento e Controllo Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Coordination and Control Service Department - RSCCAM) at Ciampino Air Base (Air traffic management)
        • Servizo Coordinamento e Controllo Aeronautica Militare Abano Terme
        • Servizo Coordinamento e Controllo Aeronautica Militare Linate
        • Servizo Coordinamento e Controllo Aeronautica Militare Brindisi
    • Reparto Preparazione alle Operazioni (Operations Preparation Department - RPO) in Poggio Renatico
      • Reparto Mobile Comando e Controllo (Mobile Command and Control Regiment - RMCC) at Bari Air Base (Air-transportable command and control post)
        • Gruppo Sistemi TLC e, Comando e Controllo (Command and Control, and Telematic Systems Squadron)
        • Gruppo Servizi di Supporto (Support Services Squadron)
    • Reparto Supporto Servizi Generali (General Service Support Regiment - RSSG) in Poggio Renatico
      • Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (Technical Services Squadron)
      • Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (Logistic Services Squadron)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
    • Reparto Difesa Aerea Missilistica Integrata (Integrated Missile Air-defence Regiment - Rep. DAMI) in Poggio Renatico
      • 11º Gruppo DAMI (11th Integrated Missile Air-defence Squadron) in Poggio Renatico
      • 22º Gruppo Radar Aeronautica Militare (22nd Air Force Radar Squadron - GrRAM) in Licola
        • Servizio Difesa Aerea (Air-defense Service)
        • Servizio Tecnico Operativo (Technical Service)
        • Servizio Logistico Operativo (Logistic Service)
        • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at the French Air Force's Commandement de la défense aérienne et des opérations aériennes (CDAOA) in Paris (France)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at NATO's European Air Transport Command (EATC) at Eindhoven Air Base (Netherlands)
9th ISTAR-EW Air Brigade[edit]
  • 9th Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance - Electronic Warfare (ISTAR-EW) Air Brigade at Pratica di Mare Air Base
    • Comando Aeroporto di Pratica di Mare (Pratica di Mare Air Base Command)
      • Reparto Tecnico-Operativo (Technical Services Regiment)
      • Reparto Logistico-Operativo (Logistic Services Regiment)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
    • Reparto Supporto Tecnico Operativo Guerra Elettronica (Electronic Warfare Technical-operational Support Regiment - ReSTOGE) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
      • Gruppo Supporto Operativo (Operational Support Squadron)
      • Gruppo Sistemi Difesa Aerospaziale (Air-space Defense Systems Squadron)
      • Gruppo Supporto Tecnico (Technical Support Squadron)
    • Reparto Addestramento Controllo Spazio Aereo (Air-space Control Training Regiment - RACSA) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
      • Gruppo Addestramento Operativo Traffico Aereo (Air-traffic Training Squadron)
      • Gruppo Addestramento Operativo Difesa Aerea (Air-defence Training Squadron)
      • Gruppo Supporto Tecnico (Technical Support Squadron)
    • Centro Informazioni Geotopografiche Aeronautiche (Air Force Geo-topographic Information Center - CIGA) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
    • Centro Nazionale Meteorologia e Climatologia Aeronautica (Air Force National Meteorological and Climatological Center - CNMCA) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
    • Centro Operativo per la Meteorologia (Meteorological Operational Center - COMET) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
Combat Forces Command[edit]
  • Comando delle Forze da Combattimento (Combat Forces Command) in Milan
    • Comando Aeroporto Aviano (Aviano Air Base Command)
      • Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (Technical Services Squadron)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
    • 313°Gruppo-Patch.png 313º Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico (313th Acrobatic Training Squadron – Frecce Tricolori) with MB-339PAN at Rivolto Air Base
    • Squadriglia Collegamenti Linate (Communication Flight Linate) at Linate Air Base with NH-500E helicopters and S.208M planes
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at Holloman Air Force Base (USA)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at Moody Air Force Base (USA)
    • Ensign of the 2º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 2º Stormo Mario d'Agostini (2nd Wing) at Rivolto Air Base
      • Gruppo Missili (Missile Squadron) with Spada Air-defence systems with Aspide 2000 missiles (to be replaced with CAMM-ER missiles)
      • 80º Gruppo OCU (Missile Systems Operational Conversion Squadron)
      • 402º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (402nd Technical Services Squadron)
      • 502º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (502nd Logistic Services Squadron)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • Ensign of the 4º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 4º Stormo Amedeo d'Aosta (4th Wing) at Grosseto Air Base
      • 9º Gruppo Caccia (9th Fighter Squadron) with Eurofighter Typhoon
      • 20º Gruppo OCU Caccia (20th Fighter Operational Conversion Squadron) with Eurofighter Typhoon (Twin-seat variant)
      • 404º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (404th Technical Services Squadron)
      • 504º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (504th Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 904º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (904th Maintenance Squadron)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
    • Ensign of the 6º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 6º Stormo Alfredo Fusco (6th Wing) at Ghedi Air Base
      • 102º Gruppo OCU/CBOC (102nd Operational Conversion/All-weather Fighter-Bomber Squadron) with Tornado IDS[11]
      • 154º Gruppo CBOC/CRO (154th All-weather Fighter-Bomber/All-weather Reconnaissance Fighter Squadron) with Tornado IDS
      • 155º Gruppo ETS (155th Electronic Warfare Tactical Suppression Squadron) with Tornado ECR
      • 406º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (406th Technical Services Squadron)
      • 506º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (506th Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 906º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (904th Maintenance Squadron)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
      • Distaccamento Aeroportuale Piacenza (Airport Detachment Piacenza)
    • 32°Stormo-Patch.png 32º Stormo Armando Boetto (32nd Wing) at Amendola Air Base
    • Ensign of the 36º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.png 36º Stormo Riccardo Helmut Seidl (36th Wing) at Gioia del Colle Air Base
      • 10º Gruppo Caccia (10th Fighter Squadron) with Eurofighter Typhoon
      • 12º Gruppo Caccia (12th Fighter Squadron) with Eurofighter Typhoon
      • 436º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (436th Technical Services Squadron)
      • 536º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (536th Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 936º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (936th Maintenance Squadron)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
    • 37°Stormo-Patch.png 37º Stormo Cesare Toschi (37th Wing) at Trapani Air Base
      • 18º Gruppo Caccia (18th Fighter Squadron) Eurofighter Typhoon
      • 437º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (437th Technical Services Squadron)
      • 537º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (537th Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 937º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (937th Maintenance Squadron)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
      • Distaccamento Aeroportuale Pantelleria (Airport Detachment Pantelleria)
      • Distaccamento Aeronautico Lampedusa (Aeronautical Detachment Lampedusa)
    • Ensign of the 51º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 51º Stormo Ferruccio Serafini (51st Wing) at Istrana Air Base
      • 132º Gruppo CBR (132nd Fighter-Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron) with AMX and AMX-T (to be replaced with F-35A Lightning II)[12]
      • 451º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (451st Technical Services Squadron)
      • 551º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (551st Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 951º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (951st Maintenance Squadron)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
      • Distaccamento Aeroportuale San Nicolò (Airport Detachment San Nicolò)
Support and Special Forces Command[edit]
  • Comando delle Forze di Supporto e Speciali (Support and Special Forces Command) at Centocelle Airport
    • Comando Aeroporto Capodichino (Capodichino Air Base Command), supporting Naval Support Activity Naples home of the United States Sixth Fleet
      • Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (Technical Services Squadron)
      • Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (Logistic Services Squadron)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • Comando Aeroporto Sigonella (Sigonella Air Base Command), supporting Naval Air Station Sigonella and the 41st (Anti-submarine) Wing
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen (Germany) at NATO's E-3A Component
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at Little Rock Air Force Base (USA) at the US Air Force's 19th Airlift Wing (C-130J Super Hercules training)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at RAF Brize Norton (UK) at the Royal Air Force's No. 2 Group RAF
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at the European Tactical Airlift Centre (ETAC) at Zaragoza Air Base (Spain)
    • 1ª Brigata-Patch.svg 1ª Brigata Aerea Operazioni Speciali Vezio Mezzetti (1st Special Operations Air Brigade) at Cervia Air Base
      • Ensign of the 9º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 9º Stormo Francesco Baracca (9th Combat Search and Rescue Wing) at Grazzanise Air Base
        • 21º Gruppo Volo (21st Squadron) with AB-212 helicopters (to be replaced with AW-101A helicopters)
        • Gruppo Fucilieri dell'Aria (Air-Fusiliers Squadron)
        • 909º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (909th Maintenance Squadron)
      • Ensign of the 15º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 15º Stormo Stefano Cagna (15th Search and Rescue Wing) at Cervia Air Base[13]
        • 80º Centro CSAR (80th Combat Search and Rescue Center) at Decimomannu Air Base with AW-139A helicopters
        • 81º Centro Addestramento Equipaggi (81st Crew Training Center) at Cervia Air Base with AW-139A and AW-101A helicopters
        • 82º Centro CSAR (82nd Combat Search and Rescue Center) at Trapani Air Base with AW-139A helicopters
        • 83º Gruppo CSAR (83rd Combat Search and Rescue Squadron) at Cervia Air Base with AW-139A helicopters
        • 84º Centro CSAR (84th Combat Search and Rescue Center) at Gioia del Colle Air Base with AW-139A helicopters
        • 85º Centro CSAR (85th Combat Search and Rescue Center) at Pratica di Mare Air Base with AW-139A helicopters
        • 415º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (415th Technical Services Squadron)
        • 515º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (515th Logistic Services Squadron)
        • 915º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (915th Maintenance Squadron)
        • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
      • Ensign of the 16º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 16º Stormo Protezione delle Forze (16th Force Protection Wing) at Martina Franca Air Base
        • Battaglione Fucilieri dell'Aria (Air-Fusiliers Battalion)
        • Gruppo Addestramento STO/FP (Survive to Operate / Force Protection Training Squadron)
        • Centro Cinofili dell’Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Canine Center) in Grosseto
        • 416º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (916th Technical Services Squadron)
        • 516º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (916th Logistic Services Squadron)
      • Ensign of the 17º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 17º Stormo Incursori (17th Raider Wing) at Furbara Air Base (Tier-1 Special Forces)
        • Gruppo Operativo (Operational Squadron)
        • Gruppo Addestramento (Training Squadron)
        • Gruppo Servizi di Supporto (Support Services Squadron)
        • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • Ensign of the 46ª Brigata Aerera of the Italian Air Force.png 46ª Brigata Aerea Silvio Angelucci (46th Air Brigade) at Pisa Air Base
      • 2º Gruppo (2nd Squadron) with C-130J Super Hercules
      • 50º Gruppo (50th Squadron) with C-130J-30 Super Hercules
      • 98º Gruppo (98th Squadron) with C-27J Spartan
      • 446º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (446th Technical Services Squadron)
      • 546º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (546th Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 946º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (946th Maintenance Squadron)
      • Centro Addestramento Equipaggi (Crew Training Center)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
      • Distaccamento Aeroportuale Sarzana Luni (Airport Detachment Sarzana Luni)
    • Ensign of the 14º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 14º Stormo Sergio Sartoff (14th Wing) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
      • 8º Gruppo I Cavalieri (8th Squadron) with 4× KC-767 tankers
      • 71º Gruppo I Persei (71st Electronic Warfare Squadron) with G550CAEW[14], P180 Avanti, P.166DL3 APH
      • 914° Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (914th Maintenance Squadron)
      • Centro Addestramento Equipaggi (Crew Training Center)
    • Ensign of the 31º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 31º Stormo Carmelo Raiti (31st Wing) at Rome Ciampino Airport
      • 93º Gruppo (93rd Squadron) with 3× A319CJ, 1× A340-500 (based at Fiumicino Air Base), 2× Falcon 50
      • 306º Gruppo (306th Squadron) with 2× Falcon 900EX, 3× Falcon 900EASy, 2× VH-139A
      • 431º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (431st Technical Services Squadron)
      • 531º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (531st Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 931º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (931st Maintenance Squadron)
      • Centro Addestramento Equipaggi (Crew Training Center)
      • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
Air Fleet Command Structure Graphic[edit]
Structure of the Air Fleet Command in 2018 (click to enlarge)

Air Force Logistic Command[edit]

The Air Force Logistic Command provides operational units with all the required necessary logistics, combat support and service support functions.

  • Comando Logistico dell'Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Logistic Command) in Rome
    • 2ª Divisione – Supporto Tecnico Operativo Aeromobili, Armamento e Avionica (2nd Division – Aircraft, Armaments and Avionics Support) in Rome
    • 3ª Divisione – Supporto Tecnico Operativo Sistemi Comando e Controllo, Comunicazioni e Telematica (3rd Division – Command and Control, Communication e IT Support) in Rome
    • Servizio dei Supporti (Support Service) in Rome
    • Servizio di Commissariato e Amministrazione (Commissariat and Administration Service) in Rome
    • Servizio Infrastrutture (Infrastructure Service) in Rome
    • Servizio Sanitario Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Medical Service) in Rome
    • Centro Sperimentale di Volo (Flight Test Center) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
    • Poligono Sperimentale e di Addestramento Interforze di Salto di Quirra (Joint Test and Training Range Salto di Quirra) in Perdasdefogu
2nd Division – Aircraft, Armaments and Avionics Support[edit]
  • 2ª Divisione – Supporto Tecnico Operativo Aeromobili Armamento ed Avionica (2nd Division – Aircraft, Armaments and Avionics Support) in Rome
    • 1° Reparto - Supporto Aeromobili (1st Department - Aircraft Support) in Rome
    • 2° Reparto - Supporto Sistemi Avionici e Armamento (2nd Department - Avionic and Armaments Support) in Rome
    • Centro Polifunzionale Velivoli Aerotattici (Multifunctional Tactical Aircraft Center - CEPVA) at Cameri Air Base
      • Comando Aeroporto di Cameri (Cameri Air Base Command)
        • Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (Technical Services Squadron)
        • Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (Logistic Services Squadron)
        • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)
      • Nucleo Iniziale di Formazione (NIF) JSF (Initial JSF/F-35 Formation Unit)
      • 1º Reparto Manutenzione Velivoli (1st Aircraft Maintenance Regiment) responsible for Tornado and Eurofighter Typhoon
    • 2º Reparto Manutenzione Missili (2nd Missile Maintenance Regiment) at Padua Air Base responsible for air-launched and ground-launched missiles
      • Centro Manutenzione Armamento (Weapons Maintenance Center)
      • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
      • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)
    • 3º Reparto Manutenzione Velivoli (3rd Aircraft Maintenance Regiment) at Istrana Air Base responsible for AMX
    • 5° Gruppo Manutenzione Velivoli (5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron) at Capodichino Air Base responsible for air ground equipment
    • 6º Reparto Manutenzione Elicotteri (6th Helicopter Maintenance Regiment) at Pratica di Mare Air Base responsible for helicopters and P.180 Avanti
    • 10º Reparto Manutenzione Velivoli (10th Aircraft Maintenance Regiment) at Galatina Air Base responsible for Aermacchi MB-339
    • 11º Reparto Manutenzione Velivoli (11th Aircraft Maintenance Regiment) at Sigonella Air Base responsible for P-72A ASW
    • Centro Logistico Polivalente (Multi-use Logistic Center) at Guidonia Air Base
      • Gruppo Logistica e Rifornimenti (Logistic and Supply Squadron)
      • Gruppo Calibrazione e Sopravvivenza (Calibration and Survival Squadron)
    • Centro Logistico Munizionamento e Armamento Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Ammunition and Weapons Logistic Center) in Orte
      • Gruppo Logistica e Rifornimenti (Logistic and Supply Squadron)
      • Gruppo Efficienza Materiale Armamento (Weapons Materiel Efficiency Squadron)
      • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
      • Gruppo Rifornimento Area Nord (Supply Squadron Nord) in Sanguinetto
      • Gruppo Rifornimento Area Sud (Supply Squadron South) in Francavilla Fontana
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at the International Eurofighter Support Team at BAE Systems Military Air & Information in Warton (UK)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at the International Eurofighter Support Team at EADS CASA in Madrid (Spain)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at the International Eurofighter Support Team and International Weapon System Support Centre at Eurofighter GmbH in Hallbergmoos (Germany)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at the C-130J program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton (USA)
3rd Division – Command and Control, Communication e IT Support[edit]
The air force installations on Monte Cimone
Italian Air Force remote radar stations
Blue 0080ff pog.svg Remote radar station with Selex RAT-31DL
Orange pog.svg Remote radar station with AN/FPS-117
Lightgreen pog.svg Command and Control Centers
Steel pog.svg Abandoned station
  • 3ª Divisione – Supporto Tecnico Operativo Sistemi Comando e Controllo, Comunicazioni e Telematica (3rd Division – Command and Control, Communication e IT Support) in Rome
    • 1º Reparto - Sistemi Difesa Aerea, Assistenza al Volo, Telecomunicazioni (1st Department - Air-defence, Flight Support, and Communication Systems)
    • 2º Reparto - Sistemi Automatizzati (2nd Department - Automatic Systems) providing hardware and software support
    • Reparto Gestione ed Innovazione Sistemi Comando e Controllo (Command and Control Systems Maintenance and Innovation Regiment - ReGISCC) at Pratica di Mare Air Base (Manages the air force's classified communication network)
      • Gruppo Gestione Sistemi Comando e Controllo (Command and Control Systems Management Squadron)
      • Gruppo Innovazione, Sviluppo e Sperimentazione C4-ISR (C4-ISR Innovations, Development and Experimentation Squadron)
    • Reparto Sistemi Informativi Automatizzati (Automatic Information Systems Regiment - ReSIA) in Acquasanta
    • 4ª Brigata Telecomunicazioni e Sistemi per la Difesa Aerea e l’Assistenza al Volo (4th Communication and Air-defence Systems and Flight Support Brigade - 4ª Brigata TLC e Sist. DA/AV) at Latina Air Base
      • Gruppo Addestramento e Formazione TLC e Sist. DA/AV (Training and Formation Squadron)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
      • 1° Reparto Tecnico Comunicazioni (1st Technical Communications Regiment) in Milan
        • Gruppo Manutenzione (Maintenance Squadron)
        • Squadriglia TLC (Communications Flight) at Decimomannu Air Base
        • Squadriglia TLC (Communications Flight) at Padua Air Base
        • Centro Aeronautica Militare di Montagna (Air Force Mountain Center) on Monte Cimone
      • 2° Reparto Tecnico Comunicazioni (2nd Technical Communications Regiment) at Bari Air Base
        • Gruppo Manutenzione (Maintenance Squadron)
        • Squadriglia TLC (Communications Flight) at Ciampino Air Base
      • Centro Tecnico per la Meteorologia (Meteorology Technical Center) in Vigna di Valle Airport
      • 112ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (112th Remote Radar Station Flight) in Mortara
      • 113ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (113th Remote Radar Station Flight) in Lame di Concordia
      • 114ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (114th Remote Radar Station Flight) in Potenza Picena
      • 115ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (115th Remote Radar Station Flight) in Capo Mele
      • 121ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (121st Remote Radar Station Flight) in Poggio Ballone
      • 123ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (123rd Remote Radar Station Flight) in Capo Frasca
      • 131ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (131st Remote Radar Station Flight) in Jacotenente
      • 132ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (132nd Remote Radar Station Flight) in Capo Rizzuto
      • 133ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (133rd Remote Radar Station Flight) in San Giovanni Teatino
      • 134ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (134th Remote Radar Station Flight) in Lampedusa
      • 135ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (135th Remote Radar Station Flight) in Marsala
      • 136ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (136th Remote Radar Station Flight) in Otranto
      • 137ª Squadriglia Radar Remota (137th Remote Radar Station Flight) in Mezzogregorio
Services[edit]
  • Servizio dei Supporti (Support Service) in Rome
    • 1° Reparto – Supporto Operativo (1st Department - Operational Support) in Rome
      • 3° Stormo at Villafranca Air Base (Out of area air base construction, management and support wing)
        • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
        • Gruppo Mobile Supporto Operativo (Mobile Operational Support Squadron)
        • Gruppo Servizi di Supporto Operativo (Operational Support Services Squadron)
        • Gruppo Autotrasporti (Transport Squadron)
        • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)
        • Centro Addestrativo Personale Fuori Area (Out of Area Personnel Training Center)
      • Centro Tecnico Rifornimenti (Technical Supply Center) at Fiumicino Air Base
        • 1° Gruppo Ricezione e Smistamento (GRS) (1st Reception and Sorting Squadron) in Novara
        • 2° Gruppo Manutenzione Autoveicoli (2nd Motor-vehicles Maintenance Squadron) in Forlì
        • 3° Gruppo Manutenzione Autoveicoli (3rd Motor-vehicles Maintenance Squadron) in Mungivacca
        • Comando Rete POL (Petroil Oil Lubrificant) (POL Network Command) at Parma Air Base manages NATO's North Italian Pipeline System
    • 2° Reparto – Servizio Chimico-Fisico (2nd Department - Chemical-Physical Service) in Rome
    • Distaccamento Aeroportuale di Brindisi (Airport Detachment Brindisi
      • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at MoD Bicester (UK)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at the German Air Force's Weapon System Support Center 1 in Erding (Germany) (Turbo-Union RB199 and Eurojet EJ200 engines maintenance)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at Torrejón Air Base (Spain)
  • Servizio di Commissariato e Amministrazione (Commissariat and Administration Service) in Rome
    • 1° Reparto – Commissariato (1st Department - Commissariat), provisioning, clothing, personal equipment department
    • 2° Reparto – Amministrazione (2nd Department - Administration), human resources department
  • Servizio Infrastrutture (Infrastructure Service) in Rome
    • 1° Reparto – Programmi (1st Department - Planning)
    • 2° Reparto – Lavori (2nd Department - Construction)
    • 1° Reparto Genio Aeronautica Militare (1st Air Force Engineer Regiment) at Villafranca Air Base
      • 27° Gruppo Genio Campale (27th Field Engineer Squadron) at Villafranca Air Base
      • 102° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (102nd Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Ghedi Air Base
      • 106° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (106th Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Parma Air Base
      • 108° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (108th Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Istrana Air Base
      • 113° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (113th Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) in Poggio Renatico
    • 2° Reparto Genio Aeronautica Militare (2nd Air Force Engineer Regiment) at Ciampino Air Base
      • 8° Gruppo Genio Campale (8th Field Engineer Squadron) at Ciampino Air Base
      • 201° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (201st Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Pisa Air Base
      • 205° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (205th Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Decimomannu Air Base
      • 208° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (208th Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
      • 209° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (209th Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Grosseto Air Base
    • 3° Reparto Genio Aeronautica Militare (3rd Air Force Engineer Regiment) at Bari Air Base
      • 16° Gruppo Genio Campale (16th Field Engineer Squadron) at Bari Air Base
      • 301° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (301st Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Amendola Air Base
      • 302° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (302nd Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Gioia del Colle Air Base
      • 304° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (304th Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) at Sigonella Air Base
      • 308° Servizio Tecnico Distaccato Infrastrutture (308th Detached Infrastructure Technical Service) in Pozzuoli
  • Servizio Sanitario Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Medical Service) in Rome
    • Commissione Sanitaria di Appello (Medical Examination Commission) in Rome
    • Istituto Perfezionamento Addestramento Medicina Aeronautica e Spaziale (Aeronautic and Spacial Medical Perfectioning Training Institut) in Rome
    • Infermeria Principale (Main Pharmacy) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
    • Istituto di Medicina Aerospaziale dell'A.M. di Milano (Air Force Medical Institute Milan)
    • Istituto di Medicina Aerospaziale dell'A.M. di Roma (Air Force Medical Institute Rome)
      • Centro Aeromedico Psicofisiologico (Air-medical Psychophysiological Center) at Bari Air Base
      • Dipartimento Militare di Medicina Legale dell'Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Forensic Medicine Military Department) at Bari Air Base
Flight Test Center[edit]
  • Centro Sperimentale di Volo (Flight Test Center) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
    • RepSV-Patch.svg Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Flight Department)
      • 311º Gruppo Volo (311th Squadron)
      • Gruppo Tecnico (Technical Squadron)
      • Gruppo Gestione Software (Software Management Squadron)
      • Gruppo Ingegneria per l’Aero-Spazio (Aero-Space Engineering Squadron)
      • Gruppo Armamento e Contromisure (Weapons and Countermeasures Squadron)
    • Reparto Tecnologie Materiali Aeronautici e Spaziali (Air and Space Technologies and Materials Department - RTMAS)
      • Gruppo Materiali Strutturali (Structural Materials Squadron)
      • Gruppo Materiali di Consumo (Fuel Materials Squadron)
      • Gruppo Indagini Balistiche (Ballistic Research Squadron)
      • Gruppo Indagini Tecniche (Technical Research Squadron)
      • Gruppo Analisi e prove Chimiche e Fisiche (Chemical and Physical Analysis and Test Squadron)
    • Reparto Medicina Aeronautica e Spaziale (Air and Space Medicine Department - RMAS)
      • Gruppo Alta Quota ed Ambienti Estremi (High Altitude and Extreme Environments Squadron)
      • Gruppo Biodinamica (Biodynamic Squadron)
      • Gruppo Fattori Umani (Human Factor Squadron)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at the École du personnel navigant d'essais et de réception (EPNER) at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base (France)
Joint Test and Training Range[edit]
  • Poligono Sperimentale e di Addestramento Interforze di Salto di Quirra (Joint Test and Training Range Salto di Quirra) in Perdasdefogu
    • Gruppo Impiego Operativo (Operational Squadron) with NH-500E and AB-212 helicopters (the latter to be replaced with AW-139A)
    • Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (Logistic Services Squadron)]
    • Reparto Sperimentale e di Standardizzazione al Tiro Aereo (Air Firing Test and Standardization Regiment) at Decimomannu Air Base
      • Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (Technical Services Squadron)
      • Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (Logistic Services Squadron)
      • Centro Aeronautica Militare Sperimentale e di Standardizzazione al Tiro Aereo (Air Force Air Firing Test and Standardization Center)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • Distaccamento Capo San Lorenzo (Capo San Lorenzo Detachment) in Villaputzu
    • Poligono Capo Frasca (Capo Frasca Training Range) in Arbus

1st Air Region[edit]

The 1st Air Region provides territorial functions and liaisons with communal, provincial and regional administrations in the North of Italy.

  • 1ª Regione Aerea (1st Air Region) in Milan
    • Comando Aeroporto / Quartier Generale della 1ª Regione Aerea - Linate (Air Base Command / Headquarters 1st Air Region) at Linate Air Base
      • Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (Technical Services Squadron)
      • Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (Logistic Services Squadron)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • Centro Logistico di Supporto Areale / Istituto “U. Maddalena” (Area Logistic Support Center / "U. Maddalena" Institute) in Cadimare
      • Istituto "Umberto Maddalena" ("Umberto Maddalena" High School)
      • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
    • Distaccamento Aeronautica Militare di Capo Mele (Air Force Detachment Capo Mele)
    • Distaccamento Aeroportuale Dobbiaco (Airport Detachment Toblach)

Air Force Command Rome[edit]

The Air Force Command Rome (COMAER) in Centocelle Airport has territorial and liaison functions for the city of Rome and provides administrative support to the air force headquarter and units based at Centocelle Airport and Vigna di Valle Airport.

  • Comando Aeronautica Militare Roma (Air Force Command Rome - COMAER) at Centocelle Airport
    • Comando Supporti Enti di Vertice (Higher Commands Support Command - COMSEV) at Centocelle Airport
      • Distaccamento Aeronautico Terminillo (Aeronautical Detachment Terminillo) in Monte Terminillo
    • Comando Aeroporto di Centocelle / Quartier Generale del COMAER (Centocelle Air Base Command - COMAER Headquarter) at Centocelle Airport
    • Comando Aeroporto Vigna di Valle / Centro Storiografico e Sportivo dell’AM (Vigna di Valle Air Base Command / Air Force History & Sport Center) at Vigna di Valle Airport
      • Museo Storico (History Museum)
      • Centro Sportivo (Sport Center)
      • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
      • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)

Air Force Schools Command - 3rd Air Region[edit]

The Air Force Schools Command - 3rd Air Region is based in Bari and responsible for the formation and training of all members of the Aeronautica Militare, and also provides territorial functions and liaisons with communal, provincial and regional administrations in the South of Italy.

  • Comando Scuole dell'Aeronautica Militare - 3ª Regione Aerea (Air Force Schools Command - 3rd Air Region CSAM/3ªRA) in Bari
    • Accademia Aeronautica (Air Force Academy) in Pozzuoli
      • Reparto Servizi Tecnici Generali (General Technical Services Regiment)
        • Gruppo Servizi Tecnici (Technical Services Squadron)
        • Gruppo Servizi Vari (Various Services Squadron)
        • Gruppo Telematico (Telematic Squadron)
        • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)
      • Centro di Formazione Aviation English (Aviation English Formation Center) in Loreto
        • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
        • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)
    • Istituto di Scienze Militari Aeronautiche (Military Aeronautical Sciences Institute) in Florence
      • Reparto Servizi Tecnici Generali (General Technical Services Regiment)
        • Gruppo Servizi Tecnici (Technical Services Squadron)
        • Gruppo Servizi Vari (Various Services Squadron)
        • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)
      • Scuola Militare Aeronautica Giulio Douhet (Military Aeronautical High School Giulio Douhet) in Florence
    • Scuola Marescialli Aeronautica Militare / Comando Aeroporto Viterbo (Air Force Non Commissioned Officers School / Airport Command Viterbo) in Viterbo
      • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
      • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)
    • Scuola Specialisti Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Specialists School) in Caserta
      • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
      • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)
    • Scuola Volontari Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Volunteers School) in Taranto
      • Gruppo Servizi Generali (General Services Squadron)
      • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)
    • Scuola di Aerocooperazione (Air-cooperation School – an inter-service coordination & training center) in Guidonia Montecelio (50% air force staffed)
    • Vice Commandante (Air Force Schools Command - Deputy Commander)
      • Quartier Generale CSAM/3ªRA (Headquarters CSAM/3ªRA) in Bari
        • Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (Technical Services Squadron)
        • Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (Logistic Services Squadron)
        • Plotone Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Platoon)
      • Centro di Selezione Aeronautica Militare (Air Force Selection Center) in Guidonia Montecelio
      • Distaccamento Aeroportuale Alghero (Airport Detachment Alghero)
      • Distaccamento Aeronautico Monte Scuro (Aeronautical Detachment Monte Scuro)
        • Centro di Sopravvivenza in Montagna (Mountain Survival Center)
      • Distaccamento Aeronautico Otranto (Aeronautical Detachment Otranto)
      • Distaccamento Aeronautico Siracusa (Aeronautical Detachment Syracuse)
    • Centro Addestramento Equipaggi - Multi Crew (Crew Training Center - Multi Crew, for other armed services, police forces, and government agencies) at Pratica di Mare Air Base
      • 204º Gruppo Volo (204th Squadron) with P.180 Avanti
      • Gruppo Istruzione Professionale (Professional Training Squadron)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at Kalamata Air Base (Greece) at the Hellenic Air Force's 120th Training Wing
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at Sheppard Air Force Base (USA) at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Programm
    • CVV-AM-Patch.png 60º Stormo (60th (Glider) Wing) in Guidonia Montecelio
      • Gruppo di Volo a Vela (Glider Squadron) with G103 Twin Astir II, Nimbus-4D, Nimbus 4M and LAK-17A gliders, S.208M, MB-339A and MB-339CDII planes, and NH-500E helicopters
      • 460º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (460th Technical Services Squadron)
      • 560º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (560th Logistic Services Squadron)
      • Servizio Efficienza Aeromobili (Maintenance Service)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • 61ªBrigata-Patch.png 61º Stormo (61st (Jet Training) Wing) at Galatina Air Base
      • 212º Gruppo Volo (212nd Squadron) with M-346A Master
      • 213º Gruppo Volo (213rd Squadron) with MB-339CDII
      • 214º Gruppo Volo (214th Squadron) training navigators and weapon officers MB-339A
      • 461º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (461st Technical Services Squadron)
      • 561º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (561st Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 961º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (961st Maintenance Squadron)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • Italian Air Force Delegation at Cazaux Air Base (France) at the French Air Force's 8e Escadre de Chasse
    • Ensign of the 70º Stormo of the Italian Air Force.svg 70º Stormo Giulio Cesare Graziani (70th (Basic Training) Wing) at Latina Air Base
      • 207º Gruppo Volo (207th Squadron) with SF.260EA and T-2006A
      • Gruppo Istruzione Professionale (Professional Training Squadron)
      • 470º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (470th Technical Services Squadron)
      • 570º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (570th Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 970º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (970th Maintenance Squadron)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)
    • 72°Stormo-Patch.png 72º Stormo (72nd (Helicopter Training) Wing) at Frosinone Air Base
      • 208º Gruppo Volo (208th Squadron) with NH-500E and AW-139A
      • Gruppo Istruzione Professionale (Professional Training Squadron)
      • 472º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (472nd Technical Services Squadron)
      • 572º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (572nd Logistic Services Squadron)
      • 972º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (972nd Maintenance Squadron)
      • Compagnia Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Company)

Aviation Inspector for the Navy[edit]

The Ispettore dell’Aviazione per la Marina (Aviation Inspector for the Navy - ISPAVIAMAR) reports to the Chief of the Air Force General Staff and the Chief of the Navy General Staff. ISPAVIAMAR oversees the technical and logistic aeronautical aspects, and the training of the Italian military's airborne anti-submarine forces, the inspector is always a brigadier general of the air force whose office and staff reside in the navy's headquarter in Rome. The only unit assigned to ISPAVIAMAR is the 41º Stormo AS Athos Ammannato, which is under operational control of the Italian Navy.

  • Chief of the Air Force General Staff / Chief of the Navy General Staff
    • Aviation Inspector for the Navy - ISPAVIAMAR
      • Ensign of the 41º Stormo Antisom of the Italian Air Force.svg 41º Stormo AS Athos Ammannato (41st (Anti-submarine) Wing) at Sigonella Air Base
        • 86º Gruppo CAE (86th Crew Training Squadron)
        • 88º Gruppo A/S (88th Anti-submarine Squadron) with 4× P-72A ASW
        • 441º Gruppo Servizi Tecnico-Operativi (441st Technical Services Squadron)
        • 541º Gruppo Servizi Logistico-Operativi (541st Logistic Services Squadron)
        • 941º Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili (941st Maintenance Squadron)
        • Gruppo Protezione delle Forze (Force Protection Squadron)

Air Force Structure Graphic[edit]

Aeronautica Militare Structure (Click to enlarge)

Chiefs of the Air force, rank structure[edit]

Ufficiali generaliGeneral officers
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generale
General
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generale di squadra aerea generale di divisione aerea generale di brigata aerea
Lieutenant general Major general, Divisional General Brigadier general
Ufficiali superioriSenior officers
IT-Airforce-OF-5.png IT-Airforce-OF-4.png IT-Airforce-OF-3.png
colonnello tenente colonnello maggiore
Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major
Ufficiali inferioriJunior officers
IT-Airforce-OF3.png IT-Airforce-OF2.png IT-Airforce-OF1.png
capitano tenente sottotenente
Captain First Lieutenant, Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
SottufficialiNon-commissioned officers
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primo maresciallo luogotenente
1st Lieutenant marshall
IT-Airforce-WO4.gif IT-Airforce-WO3.gif IT-Airforce-WO2.gif IT-Airforce-WO1.gif
primo maresciallo maresciallo di prima classe maresciallo di seconda classe maresciallo di terza classe
1st marshall 1st class marshall 2nd class marshall 3rd class marshall
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sergente maggiore capo sergente maggiore sergente
Chief sergeant major Sergeant Major Staff Sergeant
TruppaEnlisted personnel
IT-Airforce-OR6.png IT-Airforce-OR5.png IT-Airforce-OR4.png IT-Airforce-OR3.png IT-Airforce-OR2.png No insignia
primo aviere capo primo aviere scelto aviere capo primo aviere aviere scelto aviere
First chief Airman First Senior airman Chief Airman Airman First Class Senior Airman Airman Basic
Name Term start Term end
Pier Ruggero Piccio 1 January 1926 6 February 1927
Armando Armani 10 February 1927 13 October 1928
Giuseppe Valle 22 February 1930 23 November 1933
Antonio Bosio 23 November 1933 22 March 1934
Giuseppe Valle 22 March 1934 10 November 1939
Francesco Pricolo 10 November 1939 15 November 1941
Rino Corso Fougier 15 November 1941 27 July 1943
Renato Sandalli 27 July 1943 18 June 1944
Pietro Piacentini 19 June 1944 13 December 1944
Mario Ajmone Cat 13 December 1944 5 February 1951
Aldo Urbani 5 February 1951 10 November 1955
Ferdinando Raffaelli 10 November 1955 1 February 1958
Silvio Napoli 1 February 1958 1 September 1961
Aldo Remondino 1 September 1961 28 February 1968
Duilio S. Fanali 28 February 1968 1 November 1971
Vincenzo Lucertini 1 November 1971 27 February 1974
Dino Ciarlo 27 February 1974 20 June 1977
Alessandro Mettimano 20 June 1977 1 April 1980
Lamberto Bartolucci 2 April 1980 12 October 1983
Basilio Cottone 19 October 1983 17 September 1986
Franco Pisano 18 September 1986 15 April 1990
Stelio Nardini 16 April 1990 24 March 1993
Adelchi Pillinini 25 March 1993 3 June 1995
Mario Arpino 4 June 1995 5 February 1999
Andrea Fornasiero 5 February 1999 5 August 2001
Sandro Ferracuti 5 August 2001 4 August 2004
Leonardo Tricarico 5 August 2004 19 September 2006
Vincenzo Camporini 19 September 2006 30 January 2008
Daniele Tei 30 January 2008 25 February 2010
Giuseppe Bernardis 25 February 2010 25 February 2013
Pasquale Preziosa 25 February 2013 30 March 2016
Enzo Vecciarelli 30 March 2016 ...

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Italian Air Force. The Aviationist. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  3. ^ Aeromobili Aeronautica Militare.
  4. ^ World Air Forces 2014 December 10, 2013
  5. ^ "World Air Forces 2013". Flightglobal.com, 11 December 2012.
  6. ^ "The Military Balance 2013"., 14 March 2013.
  7. ^ " Italy's ruling party divided over order for F-35 combat jets", 30 May 2013
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  12. ^ "Tutti gli AMX al 51 Stormo". Aeronautica & Difesa (N. 349 - 11/2015): 48–51. 
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