On July 1, 2022, the Italian Air Drive Eurofighters accomplished their deployment to Romania in help of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing (eAP) within the south; they’re scheduled to proceed their Allied mission within the North in Poland starting in August 2022. After reaching Full Operational Functionality in early December, eAP South operations started with 4 Eurofighter EF-2000A plane; command and management of the Italian fighter jets was transferred to NATO’s Allied Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, performing by way of its southern Mixed Air Operations Centre at Torrejón, Spain.

“Italy’s operation to strengthen Air Policing on NATO’s japanese flank in Romanian airspace started in December 2021 with the institution of the Job Drive Air – Romania (TFA-R) “Black Storm” at Mihail Kog?lniceanu Air Base in Constanta. It ended right this moment after seven months of securing the skies within the area with our Romanian colleagues. When the detachment handed over the eAP mission in Romania to the Royal Air Drive Typhoons in April, the Italian Eurofighters’ mission modified to the so-called enhanced Vigilance Exercise (eVA)” mentioned, TFA-R Commander Colonel Roberto Losengo.


View from an Italian Air Drive Eurofighter cockpit with two Romanian Air Drive F-16s breaking throughout aerial manoevures in Romanian airspace. (Picture by Italian Air Drive)

In response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, NATO determined – on the finish of February 2022 – to implement further reassurance measures fostering a persistent and strengthened posture of deterrence and defence on the Alliance’s japanese borders. Italy instantly doubled the air belongings employed by TFA-R. The TFA was composed of about 160 navy personnel principally from the Italian Air Drive. In these seven months, the Italian Eurofighters achieved about 1,400 flight hours, producing over seven hundred sorties, greater than half of them flown as eVA Fight Air Patrol missions, and about 50 alert scrambles.

The Eurofighters and crews that participated within the operations in Romania got here from all Italian Air Drive Wings using this fighter jet. In parallel to the principle mission, a excessive diploma of interoperability with Alliance air belongings deployed within the space has been achieved. Along with Fast Response Alert (QRA) obligation collectively executed with German Eurofighters in April, the TFA held Personnel Restoration and Gradual Mover Interceptor workout routines with Romanian and U.S. air forces and carried out extra joint actions with the French and Romanian Navy, and, lastly, flew Shut Air Assist missions for Belgian, French, Romanian and U.S. Military contingents. The Italian Typhoons will proceed executing NATO’s eAP operations in Poland initially of August.

Italian Air Force Eurofighters Move from South to North in Support of NATO Air Policing
In April 2022, two German Eurofighters joined the Italian detachment to conduct mixed Air Policing flights in help of NATO deterrence and defence on the japanese flank. (Picture by Italian Air Drive)