From March 16 the Italian Air Force deployed six Eurofighter Typhoons and a detachment of approximatly 140 personnel to Iceland.
The Italian detachment based at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, is flying in support of NATO’s mission that provides Airborne Surveillance and Interception Capabilities to meet Iceland’s ‘Peacetime Preparedness Needs’.
After conducting familiarisation flights, on March 23 the Italian Air Force detachment at Keflavik Air Base was declared fully operationally capable, thus attaining the qualification to officially conduct air surveillance and interception missions over Iceland on behalf of NATO. The detachment will lasat until mid-April, and is working with the Icelandic Coast Guard Control and Reporting Centre “Loki”, act as standby Air Policing unit and conduct training activities with the Icelandic Coast Guard.
With a 24/7 QRA Quick Reaction Alert granted by the Italian Air Force, the operation aims to preserve the integrity of NATO airspace, strengthening of Iceland skies surveillance that has no capacity and facilities for the independent air defense.
This is the second time since 2013 that the Italian Air Force has executed this mission in Iceland. A full feature will appear in the July issue of Combat Aircraft.