Defence authorities in the US advocate faster and more flexible FMS processes and enhanced collaboration between the services and agencies involved in the programme.
Italy signs on for six P180 turboprops
The Italian MoD has agreed to purchase six P180 Avanti turboprop aircraft from Piaggio Aerospace in a deal worth €171 million ($198 million).
The manufacturer confirmed the deal had been struck on 1 October and also includes the supply of a P180 full flight simulator and extension of a maintenance contract for 'Viper' engines which are fitted on the aircraft of Italy's National Aerobatic Team.
'Fulfilling the Government’s commitment to supporting Piaggio Aerospace’s turnaround, this remarkable order further enhances the value of the Company, which is now close to finding a new owner”, said Vincenzo Nicastro, extraordinary commissioner at Piaggio.
'Notably, these six new aircraft bring the total order portfolio of the P.180, including private customers, to 20 units'.
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