The four fighters, with the support of a KC-130J air tanker and together with other Italian Armed Force assets, flew for the first time to Keflavik Air Base, in western Iceland.
The “Northern Viking 2011” is a joint exercise based on a bilateral treaty between the Government of Iceland and the USEUCOM - US European Command - to train and operate seamlessly with other multinational assets.
For the Italian Typhoons this training activity was an important opportunity to develop the ability to redeploy at a considerable distance from Italy and in operational conditions in stark contrast to those in Italy during the summer. As usual, for the Eurofighter Typhoons, this deployment was completed with a very high operational availability rate.
The “Northern Viking 2011” exercise developed realistic scenarios with a focus on validation of the air support tactics. During the exercise, Eurofighter pilots worked closely with naval forces and field-tested appropriate tactics for the current operational requirements.
The nations participating in the exercise were Italy; Iceland; United States; Norway; Finland and Denmark.