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Helis, August 05, 2020 - The Leonardo HH-101A Caesar arrived at Grazzanise air base of the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI, Italian Air Force) as the new helicopter of the 21st Group, part of the 9th Wing.
With a welcome ceremony led by General Achille Cazzaniga, chief of Special and Support Forces Command (Comando delle Forze di Supporto e Speciali, CFSS), the combat search and rescue (CSAR) wing accepted the helicopter beginning the transition from the HH-212 ( Agusta AB212, a licensed built Bell 212 / UH-1N ).
The HH-101A entered service with the Italian Air Force in 2016 with the 15th Combat Support Wing (15 Stormo) at Cervia air base. Last October, the 9th wing started the maintenance training of the new helicopter.
The HH-101A is an advanced medium lift helicopter offering long-range, large capacity and advanced technology. It is based on the AW101 which over 220 have been ordered so far by customers worldwide to perform a large number of roles including Personnel Recovery, Special Forces Operations, SAR, Combat SAR, utility, troop transport, Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Airborne Early Warning, mine sweeping and VVIP transport.
Manufactured at Yeovil, UK, the Italian Air Force ordered 15 helicopters. The main mission of the 21st Group is combat search and rescue (CSAR) and personnel recovery.