24 May '12, 9am

#Eurofighters take full responsibility defending Italian airspace: replacing F-16s.: #EADS

Info - Eurofighters take full responsibility defending Italian airspace: replacing F-16s. Thursday, 24. May 2012 Two Italian Air Force Typhoons fly over Northern Italy on QRA duties Eurofighter Typhoons of the Italian Air Force (ItAF) have replaced the last of the air forces’ F-16 jets to leave the Typhoon solely responsible for the defence of Italian airspace. Entering into service in 2004 and now operational with four Typhoon Squadrons (Gruppi) across both northern and southern Italy - two at Grosseto air base and two at Gioia del Colle - Eurofighter is, from today onwards, the only air defence asset in the Italian Air Force. Replacing the F-16 as a more modern weapon system, the Typhoon aircraft will bring to the air force operational benefits thanks to better effectiveness and capabilities of the new fighter as well as offering logistics benefits due to the standardisa...

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