posted on Jul, 6 2005 @ 06:16 PM
The main role of the AMX is ground attack in visual and marginal weather conditions, with primary roles in long range strike and air interdiction,
close air support, reconnaissance and armed patrol. The aircraft is also highly effective in air defence missions and the lead-in fighter role.
Italian Air Force AMX fighters were deployed as part of the NATO forces in Operation Allied Force against Serbia in 1999.
The AMX can carry external loads up to 3800kg. The aircraft has seven hardpoints: one on the centreline of the underside of the fuselage, two
hardpoints under each wing and wingtip rails on each wing. The aircraft can carry air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, free-fall bombs,
retarded bombs, laser-guided bombs, cluster bombs, precision-guided munitions and rocket launchers. Italian Air Force AMX aircraft have been equipped
with GBU-12 bombs, fitted with the Opher imaging infrared terminal guidance kits supplied by Elbit of Israel. The wingtip launchrails can carry the
AIM-9L infrared guided Sidewinder air-to-air missile, or the Orbita MAA-1 Piranha air-to-air missile.
Italian AF AMX are to be supplied with Lizard laser-guided bombs from Elbit. The bombs will be armed with 500 lb Mk 82 warheads. From 2003, it is
planned that the US JDAM Joint Direct Attack Munition will also be carried on the Italian AMX.
Looks a little bit like the harrier to me, but then again I'm not a aircraft expert. But I'm glad Italy, Brazil, and Venezuala are updating there
weapon systems, then if we got in a major war those nations air forces could help us in missions like ground attack.