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The F-35B that landed on ITS Cavour is the third F-35B to be assigned to the Italian Navy. The first two are still in the US supporting pilot training.
A contract for the vessel's construction is expected to be signed by this summer, with construction set to start in 2022.
The yet unnamed Thaon di Revel-class ship will be the third unit built in the “Light +” configuration under a “fitted for, but not with” approach.
The Italian Navy joined an exclusive club of countries capable of operating fifth-generation fighters from its ships
French missile specialist MBDA has announced a contract for the delivery of the next generation of Teseo missiles to the Italian Navy.
Shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched the third Italian Navy multipurpose offshore patrol ship (PPA) Raimondo Montecuccoli at its Riva Trigoso shipyard.
Vulcano had initially been scheduled for delivery in 2019, but the fire outbreak in July 2018 severely impacted the delivery schedule.
The landings on March 1 marked the start of up to four weeks of sea trials that will certify ITS Cavour for F-35B operations.
Fincantieri has been awarded a 1.35 billion euro contract to deliver the first two Type 212 NFS AIP subs to the Italian Navy.
A total of five submarines will be joined by ships from eight nations as well as aircraft for the two-week ASW maneuver.