Italian fighter planes will take part in the defence of the airspace of Bulgaria
Rome, Italy - According to local sources the mission will last from July to October and will happen within NATO's program
Four Eurofighter Typhoon fighter airplanes of the Italian Air Force will collaborate with Bulgaria to control its airspace. The mission that will last from July 15 to October 15 was approved yesterday -according to local sources- by the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria and will take place within the program NIAMD (NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence), an integrated system for air and missile defence that is aimed to protect the security of NATO's member Countries. Besides the four airplanes -that will have duties of interception, visual identification and escorting- also 110 units of the personnel will be deployed to the Graf Ignatievo air base, at about ten kilometers north of the Bulgarian town Plovdiv. About air operations in the eastern belt of Europe, the relations between NATO, USA and Russia are quite fraught in these last days, after the latest developments in the military operations in the skies of Syria and the many close flights on the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea (see AVIONEWS).
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