Skip Navigation
RAF 100

Italian Air Force HH-101A Caesar

The Leonardo AW101 helicopter is in service with several countries around the world. To the UK armed forces the aircraft is known as the Merlin, while the Italian military uses a number of different versions, among which is the Italian Air Force's HH-101A Caesar. This derivative is armed with 7.62mm machine guns, can undertake air-to-air refuelling from KC-130J Hercules tankers, and operates in the combat search and rescue, special forces, medical evacuation and slow-moving intercept roles. The first of 15 HH-101As on order entered operational service with the 15° Stormo at Cervia.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

Sign up for emails about the Air Tattoo, Concerts and Merchandise