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Paramilitary Police Aviation

Current Title: Arma dei Carabinieri
Title in English: Italian Carabinieri
Abbreviation: ?


Narrative Summary:
Aviation section established 1960. Aircraft maintained by the Army on behalf of the Police.

Key Dates:
13 July 1814    Carabinieri established.
1960    First helicopters received.

Current Status:
To be added.

Future Plans:
None known.


National Insignia:
          Main markingFin Flash
The main marking is displayed in 6 positions (ie above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft - but on fuselage sides only on helicopters. There is no fin flash. Aircraft carry the service titles CARABINIERI on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Carabinieri helicopters carry a one-, two- or three-digit serial number, prefixed by the letters CC-, eg: AB.206A CC-51. These numbers used run in a continuous sequence from CC-1 to CC-100+, but earlier numbers are now being reused as older types are withdrawn.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:

Aircraft Type Total
Role Origin
Agusta A109A/A-II 25 21 Transport/Liaison local
Agusta A109E 3 3 Transport/Liaison local
AgustaWestland AW109N Nexus 3 3 Transport/Liaison local
Agusta-Bell AB.206A 14 12 Transport/Liaison local
Agusta-Bell AB.206B 29 27 Transport/Liaison local
Agusta-Bell AB.412 38 35 Transport local
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 1 1 Transport local

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Agusta A.109A 9 1979 current local
Agusta A.109A-II 16 1983 current local
Agusta A.109E 3 20?? current local
AgustaWestland AW109N Nexus 3 2007 current local
Agusta-Bell AB.47G-3B-1 15 1966 1991 local
Agusta-Bell AB.47J 21 1961 198? local
Agusta-Bell AB.204B 6 19?? 19?? local
Agusta-Bell AB.205A-1 8 1974 1998 local
Agusta-Bell AB.206A-1 14 1974 current local
Agusta-Bell AB.206B-1 29 19?? current local
Agusta-Bell AB.412 38 1987 current local
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 1 2006 current local

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service - none known.


Main Headquarters:
Commando Generale, Roma.

Current Organisational Structure:
Carabinieri helicopers are grouped into 15 Helicopter Units (Nucleo Elicotteri) located around the country, plus a detachment (Distaccamento) at a 16th location. A standards and test unit flies from Pratica di Mare.

Current Order of Battle:

Unit Type Base
Raggrupamenti Elicotteri not known Pratica di Mare
1 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Torino-Volpiano
2 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Bergamo-Orio al Serio
3 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Bolzano-San Giacomo
4 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Pisa-San Guisto
5 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Ancona-Falconara
6 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Bari-Palese Macchie
7 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Salerno-Pontecagnano
8 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Catanzaro-Vibo Valentina
9 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Palermo-Bocca di Falco
10 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Olbia-Venefiorta
11 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Cagliari-Elmas
12 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Catania-Fontanarossa
13 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Forli-Gambetola
14 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Treviso-San Angelo
15 Nucleo Elicotteri not known Villanova D'Albenga
Distaccamento Elicotteri not known Abbasanta

Historical Orders of Battle:
To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
See organisation table above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Not applicable.

More Information


To be added


Scramble April 1998


Official Carabinieri website

wikipedia: Carabinieri

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