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Leonardo and CAE formed a joint venture called Leonardo CAE Advanced Jet Training Srl to manage and operate the International Flight Training School (IFTS) in Italy. The IFTS delivers comprehensive lead-in fighter training to the Italian Air Force and third-party customers.  The IFTS is currently located at Galatina Air Force Base in Lecce, Italy and will operate there through 2021.  Concurrently, a new training centre facility is being constructed at Decimomannu Air Base on the island of Sardinia where the IFTS will relocate in 2022.  

The IFTS provides a comprehensive Phase IV lead-in fighter training program based on the Italian Air Force syllabus.  The program includes classroom, simulator, and live-flying training utilizing the Leonardo M-346 advanced jet trainer and ground-based training systems jointly developed by CAE and Leonardo.
The Italian Air Force conducts its lead-in fighter training at the IFTS and third-party customers are invited to sign a government-to-government agreement with Italy to send students to the IFTS. 

Our Customers


Training Environment

Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) training environment

Academic / Classroom Training

Networked Simulator / Training Devices

Live Flying Training

Available Training Programs

Phase IV Lead-in fighter training program

Available Training Courses / Courseware

Phase IV lead-in fighter training program based on the Italian Air Force syllabus 

Customised teaching modules according to the syllabus of the incoming Air Force

  • M-346 Qualification (comprehensive type conversion with basic elements of A2A and A2G in LVC environment)
  • Air-to-Air (A2A)
  • Air-to-Ground (A2G)
  • Emergency Recurrent Training
  • Advanced Air-to-Air (A2A) – optional
  • Night Vision Goggles (NVG) – optional
  • Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) – optional
  • Air-to-Ground Live Range (A2G) - optional

Each module follows the Italian Air Force (ItAF) syllabus, with each option priced individually. Partner nations select modules to fit operational requirements and budget profiles. 

Complete Lead-in Fighter Training (LIFT) course, using a balance of synthetic training hours to complement and inter-operate with live flying hours.

Platforms / Manufacturers

Leonardo M-346 advanced jet trainers 

Available Equipment / Products

Leonardo M-346 advanced jet trainers 

Ground-based training systems (GBTS), including CAE’s new Medallion MR e-Series visual system

International Flight Training School (IFTS) - Video