The Italian Air Force has celebrated this important milestone after a training mission that involved all units equipped with F-2000 Typhoon.

Italian Eurofighter fleet 100,000 flight hours
Italian Eurofighter fleet reaches 100,000 flight hours.

On 10 October, 2018, the Eurofighter fleet of the Italian Air Force reached 100,000 flight hours during a mission that included all the Units equipped with the aircraft: the 4th Wing of Grosseto, the 36th Wing of Gioia del Colle and the 37th Wing of Trapani. This important milestone comes after 14 years of service of the F-2000 Typhoon for the surveillance and defense of the national airspace.

The celebration took place at the Trapani-Birgi air base, Sicily, in the presence of the Commander of the Combat Forces and the 1st Air Region of Milan, General Silvano Frigerio and the Commanders of the three Wings.

"Such important goals are achieved thanks to high synergy and constant sharing of methods among the three operating units that are daily engaged in the defense of the national airspace in addition to the thousands of hours of maintenance carried out in recent years and the high efficiency of the Eurofighter aircraft," Gen. Frigerio said.

The 4th Wing, the 36th Wing and the 37th Wing of the Italian Air Force have the task of ensuring the surveillance and defense of the national airspace 365 days a year, 7 days a week, through an operating system integrated with those of the other NATO members. Aircraft and personnel of the three units are often involved in missions abroad such as "NATO Air Policing". Four Eurofighter aircraft returned to Italy a few days ago after one month deployment in Keflavik AB to defend Iceland's airspace.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: Italian Air Force

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