01 Oktober 2014
P180 Avanti II (photo : Jaysen F Snow)
The Royal Thai Air Force’s deputy chief of air staff, Air Chief Marshal Sutthiphan Kritsanakhup and Piaggio Aero Industries’ government sales director Francescomaria Tuccillo on 29 September reached an agreement in Rome for the delivery of one P180 Avanti II in a new photographic reconnaissance configuration.
Reached in the presence of Italian air force chief of staff Gen Pasquale Preziosa, the agreement will lead to a contract signing on 30 September. This will coincide with a Royal Thai Air Force delegation visiting Piaggio Aero’s new main facility in Villanova d’Albenga, near Savona, north-west Italy.
The Thai officials have already visited the Italian air force's 14th Wing, which is equipped with Avanti IIs in transport and special mission configurations, and its multi-crew training centre at Pratica di Mare air base, to receive information on the training capabilities that the service could provide to its Thai counterpart.