Eurofighter Typhoon at forefront of defense of Europe's east flank

Eurofighter Typhoon Ukraine Russia
Eurofighter Typhoons in Swing Role configuration.

As the war between Russia and Ukraine escalates, NATO allies are deploying their fighter aircraft in Eastern Europe to defend the airspace of conflict-prone areas. Among the fighters most involved in surveillance and defense activities is the Eurofighter Typhoon. Italy and Germany have deployed their Eurofighters in Romania, while Spain in Bulgaria. In addition, the UK launches its Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Coningsby, UK, and RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.

The Eurofighters are contributing to airborne patrols as part of Allied enhanced Vigilance Activity, which is a NATO-led Operation initiated due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This activity sees fighters from different nations fly side by side to defend the region in response to Russian aggression.

As a highly interoperable aircraft, the Typhoons are operating alongside various types of Allied fighters such as the F-35, F-16 and Rafale. They fly armed with state-of-the-art Air-to-Air missiles and a full suite of defensive aids.

The Eurofighter is among the deadliest fighters in the world, its offensive capabilities are quite impressive. When in "Beast Mode" configuration, it can load up to 14 Meteor Beyond Visual Range (BVR) and two IRIS-T (InfraRed Imaging System Tail-Thrust Vector Controlled) short-range air-to-air missiles simultaneously.

In recent days, Italy and Germany have doubled the number of Eurofighters deployed at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base, Romania. Since the type is common to both nations, they can deploy their aircraft faster and send fewer equipment and personnel (resource sharing).

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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