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Could Italy Provide Training For Rwanda’s Future Military Pilots?

Maj. Gen. Charles Karamba, Rwanda Air Force Chief of Staff has concluded his visit in Italy which began on June 18th. The gains from this visit could later be realised inform of enhanced skills and capability of Rwanda’s Air Force.

At the climax of his visit, the General and his delegation were accorded a guided tour at the (ITAF) Italian Air Force Base, Galatina.

This Gatalina base hosts a training centre of excellence with international scope, intended to best train the pilots of the future.

A review of this base shows it has a real academy that includes; classrooms, simulators, mission planning and debriefing stations.

Instructors are using a new training syllabus developed to anticipate activities envisaged at operational conversion squadrons as much as possible and to prepare pilots to operate next-generation multirole aircraft, keeping operating costs low thanks to the use of various simulation systems.

Rwanda may be considering taking advantage of this base for high quality skills training to enhance the country’s Air force capability and operational excellence.

The courses at this base cover the basic and advanced pilot training phases within the Integrated Pilot Training System (IPTS) 2020.

The IPTS syllabus includes 180 training events, which envisage 50% of flight training on a real aircraft and 50% of ground based training with the aid of the simulator, thus allowing a significant reduction in costs.

The base also has the Aermacchi M-346 aircraft considered the most advanced training aircraft in the world. It is a twin-engine, lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT), optimised for the final phase of training for future military pilots.

According to the base records, various European, Asian and South American Air Forces have shown interest in the school’s training activities, when visiting the air base and its facilities.

For Rwanda’s Defence Ministry, this visit was aimed at cementing defence cooperation between Rwanda Defence Force and Italian Armed Forces, particularly their Air Force services.

Gen Karamba was accompanied with Mr. Enrico Lalia Morra Honorary Consul of Rwanda to Italy and two RDF Pilots, Lt Col Jean Kamana and Maj Jackson Kalisa.

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