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Alenia rolls out refurbished G.222

NAPLES, Italy, July 6 (UPI) -- Alenia Aeronautica has rolled out its first restored and modernized G.222 tactical transport aircraft for future delivery to the Afghanistan air force.

Italian company Alenia is under a $287 million U.S. Air Force contract to refurbish and upgrade 18 of the G.222 tactical transport aircraft with next-generation avionics technologies.

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When completed the G.222 aircraft are expected to be delivered to the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan and then transferred to the Afghan air force and the Afghan National Army Air Corps.

Alenia held a recent ceremony at its Naples, Italy, facility marking the first rollout of a restored G.222 aircraft.

"This day represents a significant stage in the sphere of a very important contract. … The capacity of tactical transport, the operational validity and the superior qualification of the aircraft to complete complex missions, for which it was designed, have been further exalted by the (G.222) program, the actual leader in the market segment," Giovanni Bertolone, Alenia Aeronautica chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"The Afghan G.222 will be required to operate in difficult scenarios, in conditions of extreme altitude and temperature."

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