Qatar Emiri Air Force pilots have embarked on the final stage of their advanced/lead-in fighter training at the International Flight Training School (IFTS). IFTS capitalizes on the modular and versatile ItAF Lead-In Fighter Training (LIFT) syllabus, based on the innovative T-346A Integrated Training System (ITS).
It is currently located at Galatina Air Base in Italy where the high-performance aircraft T-346A, as well as a fully integrated and interconnected Ground Based Training System (GBTS), including two Full Mission Simulators (FMS), are in operation using state-of-the-art Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) technology. The Phase IV syllabus implemented in IFTS has been specifically designed to improve the teaching effectiveness during the LIFT phases of training.
The IFTS syllabus enables the download of training from the OCU saving time and valuable resources and includes, in addition to the qualification and basic training, the following modules: Air to Air, Advanced Air to Air, Air to Ground, Live Range, Air to Air Refueling, Night NVG. With the outstanding T-346 performance, advanced avionics, and full suite of embedded simulation, the Phase IV syllabus used by IFTS brings the Qatari pilots to a level of airmanship and skills not achievable with any other training system.
The IFTS is a strategic collaboration between the Italian Air Force and Leonardo, the Italian-headquartered global defense and security company. An advanced flight training centre, the IFTS aims to be an international benchmark for military pilot training, particularly for Phase IV training (advanced/lead-in to fighter training). The initiative includes an industrial partnership between Leonardo and simulation technology provider CAE to deliver maintenance and support for the centre’s aircraft fleet and simulators. The IFTS is a prime example of international collaboration and synergy, satisfying the growing demands from Italy and its allies for pilot training. The project brings together the Italian Air Force’s expertise and tradition of high-quality training with Leonardo’s advanced capabilities in the training sector.
The decision of the Qatari Air Force to send their pilots to train in Italy at the IFTS is a vote of confidence in the school and highlights the potential of this ambitious international project. The IFTS, currently based at Galatina, will move to Decimomannu Air Base (Sardinia), where a new and innovative dedicated “Air Training Campus” is taking shape and will be operational from the second semester 2022.
This brand-new campus is designed around the student needs to fully exploit the IFTS capabilities and will include the Ground Based Training System (GBTS), Hangars, new lodges with dedicated canteen, Wi-Fi, gym and swimming pool to create the most favorable conditions for the IFTS students. Decimomannu features two runways, dedicated air training areas, proximity to live ranges, plus favorable and predictable weather conditions
all around the year.
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