First Qatari fighter pilots graduate from International Flight Training School

The first six Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) pilots have completed Phase IV of the Advanced Training/LIFT program at the International Flight Training School (IFTS), launched a year ago at the 61st Base Wing the Italian Air Force in Lecce-Galatina (Italy).

The International Flight Training School (IFTS) is an advanced flight training center for Air Force pilots worldwide, the result of a collaboration between the Italian Air Force and Leonardo.

This collaboration has made it possible to double the current training offer, thanks to the creation of a new center distributed between the Galatina base, where the Italian Air Force will continue to develop its basic training activities, and the Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia, where a new advanced pilot training campus is being created.

Intended for pilots destined to fly the latest generation fighter aircraftas the Eurofighter or the F-35IFTS courses are taught by military and civilian instructors and are based on the advanced T-346 ITS (Integrated Training System), Leonardo M-346appointed T-346A by the Italian Air Force.

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Leonardo reported that on June 1, the newly graduated Qatari pilots returned to their home country after nearly a year of intensive training made even more difficult by the pandemic.

At 1st In June, the newly qualified Qatari pilots returned to their home country after nearly a year of intensive training, made even more difficult by the pandemic. The training, which begins with a first phase intended to familiarize the pilots (all turboprop graduates) with the requirements of the Phase IV program, covers the standard training program for fighter pilots. This allowed the trainees to practice flying in all modern operating scenarios, handling the most sophisticated sensors and the different types of mission systems currently in use (both in the air and on the ground), in completing a total of approximately 150 simulator and live flight training sessions. .

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Galatina Air Base is currently training two additional cohorts of Qatari pilots, while the technical collaboration agreement provides for the delivery of additional QEAF courses at the new Decimomannu campus in Sardinia.

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