Planes. Romania: first month of missions for Italian Eurofighters
Over 150 flight hours in the "Task Force 4th Wing" of Air Policing of NATO -GALLERY
The first intense month of activity for the Eurofighter fighter aircraft of the Italian Air Force shifted to Romania in the context of the Air Policing NATO mission. The main reason for the redeployment, which is called the "Task Force 4th Wing", is to contribute to the defense of Romania's airspace, helping to monitor the Black Sea area in particular. Italian Eurofighters operate in an Enhanced context Air Policing, assisting the air defense service that Romania currently guarantees with its Air Force (Fortaele Aeriene Romane) through the use of Mig-21 aircraft.
In this first month of the mission the Italian Eurofighter planes also participated in the international "Thracian Star" exercise in Bulgaria, carrying out cooperation missions with Bulgarian MiG-29, Greek F-16, F-16 and MiG-21 Romanian in order to optimize and standardize operational procedures among the various countries of the Atlantic Alliance.
As part of the mission in Romania, training activities were carried out almost every day, together with the Romanian Mig-21 Lancer, L-39 and F-16 and American F-16 assets of the 457th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, as well as with the forces of land of the US component. In particular, in recent days, as testimony to the different capacities that the Eurofighter aircraft is able to express, the pilots carried out exercise missions of close support to the ground troops (CAS - Close Air Support) with the US military personnel who they trained for JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) activities.
The activity enabled the synergy between the various structures to be implemented revealing itself useful for testing the technical tactical and operational procedures. Among the opportunities for comparison and training between the Italian staff deployed and personnel of the Romanian Air Force is also the activity of indoctrination in favor of Romanian technical staff to operate on Eurofighter aircraft in the event of an emergency landing on an alternate airport, the exercises joint intervention with fire-fighting vehicles, as well as the moments of operational confrontation at the Air Operation Center of Balotesti, in southern Romania, which is responsible for tactical control of the assets in flight.
The more than 150 hours in the air carried out in the first month of the mission once again confirmed the operational flexibility and the effective multi-role capability of the Eurofighter capable of successfully completing a wide range of missions.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency