The Italian Air Force (AMI) has awarded a contract to Alenia Aeronautica to provide logistical support services for its fleet of four ATR 72 maritime patrol aircraft.

Under the €100m contract, the company will provide technical and logistical support services for the aircraft that were ordered by the Italian Defence Ministry in 2008.

The five-year contract also involves modifications and a series of configurations to improve patrol and surveillance capabilities.

The aircraft is equipped with the airborne tactical observation and surveillance system (ATOS) for patrolling, rescue, and sea and coastline protection in all weather conditions.