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ITALIAN AIR FORCE A-200 TORNADO

As with the type's other operators, the Italian Air Force has reduced its Tornado fleet, to which it has given the official designation A-200, in the last few years. It has implemented a comprehensive mid-life upgrade on the remaining aircraft, adding new cockpit displays, night vision equipment and avionics software. Three operational squadrons now fly the A-200 attack versions, all part of 6° Stormo (Wing) at Ghedi near Brescia, and one the EA-200B (Tornado ECR) specialised in the suppression of enemy air defences, this coming under 50° Stormo at Piacenza. Recently, Italian Air Force Tornados were deployed to Kuwait to fly reconnaissance missions as part of efforts to combat Islamic State. Like Germany, Italy plans to keep flying the Tornado until 2025. Examples will be seen in both the static and flying displays at RIAT 2015, their operating unit still to be confirmed.

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