Italian Air Force, handover between Tornado and Typhoon jets in Kuwait for ISR tasks

Italian Eurofighter Typhoon Kuwait ISR
Italian Air Force F-2000A Typhoon multirole combat aircraft.

Four Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighters have recently landed at the Alì Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait for the first time. The Italian combat aircraft will soon be assigned to Task Group Typhoon to take over the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance activities currently carried out by Tornados assigned to Task Group Devil as part of Operation "Inherent Resolve".

The Italian crews were welcomed by Colonel Luca Giuseppe Vitaliti Commander of the Italian National Contingent Command Air - Task Force Air Kuwait, who expressed great satisfaction with the record times in which the Al Salem Air Base has adapted to receive the new contingent .

The plan of rotation between the assets was organized in such a way as not to interrupt the operations in favor of the Coalition, despite the complications deriving from their different location: the Tornados are based at Al Jaber, while the Typhoon at Ali Al Salem.

The aircraft transfer trail was composed of a KC-767A tanker from the 14th Wing at Pratica di Mare AB, Rome, and Eurofighters from the 36th Wing at Gioia del Colle AB, southern Italy and the 4th Wing at Grosseto AB, central Italy, which rejoined above the Ionian Sea, where the first of the three air refueling took place. The aircraft reached Kuwait after about 4 hours and 30 minutes of flight.

Thanks to the Typhoons, the Italian Air Force is able to provide a top level contribution to obtain the Information Superiority which has always played a crucial role in military operations. The aircraft's ability to take on the role of Tornados shows how today it is an effective multi-role aircraft for all types of missions.

For the first time since the Italian National Contingent Command Air - Task Force Air Kuwait was established (October 2014), Typhoon fighter aircraft will operate from Alì Al Salem Air Base rather than Al Jaber Air Base.

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Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Images: Italian Air Force

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