Italian Typhoons up in the Albanian Air

The Eurofighter Typhoon is yet again proving its worth in action as the aircraft has recently been chosen by NATO to protect an area of international air space. In a recent news story it has been announced that the Italian air force has been assigned to protect the air space of Albania, the Atlantic Alliance's newest member. The news was announced by Italian defence ministers and can be found on the Italian Air Force website. The 'air policing' mission which begins on Friday will also see support from Greece's air force. A statement from the Italian air force explained that "air policing consists of employing interceptor jets, in peace time, to patrol and protect the integrity of a specific air space". Italy has been engaged in air policing Slovenia's air space for NATO since 2007. The mission over Albania will see Italy employ its Eurofighter Typhoon jets from the 36th Wing operating from the Gioia del Colle air base. The Eurofighter Typhoon has been conceived since the beginning as a multi-role/swing-role platform that meets the operational demands of the air forces of Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom and with its exceptional air capability, is perfectly suited to protect national airspace. For the full story in Italian, please visit the Aeronautica Militare website. For those of you not able to fully converse in the language, my summary should be sufficient information, and highlights the continued value of the Eurofighter Typhoon to the four nations.