On 14 January, at the Ali Al Salem base in Kuwait, with a symbolic handshake between the Commanders of the two Task Groups, the arrival in the Kuwaiti base of the Task Group Devil, which operates on the Tornado aircraft of the 6th Wing of Ghedi, and the simultaneous exit from the theater of the Task Group Typhoon, was sanctioned. operating on Eurofighter aircraft of the Italian Air Force’s fighter wings.
During its redeployment in Kuwait, the Typhoon Task Group, which carried out surveillance and reconnaissance operations, has seen over time a continuous succession of airborne and specialist personnel from the 4th, 36th, 37th and 51st Wings of the Air Force, together with support personnel from the various Armed Forces Bodies distributed throughout the country. This ability to amalgamate quickly and work together led the Task Group to reach, in December 2023, the milestone of 8,000 operational flight hours in this theater.
The transfer of the Tornado aircraft from Italy and the return of the EFAs took place with a trail consisting of KC-767A of the 14th Wing for in-flight refueling, a strategic capability for the Air Force that allows to extend the in-flight autonomy of air assets.
For the Tornado aircraft, it is a return to the Kuwaiti theater. In fact, Task Group Devil has already been deployed in Kuwait, at the Al Jaber air base, from 2014 to 2016 and from 2020 to 2021, alternating with the AMX aircraft of the Black Cats Task Group and the Eurofighter aircraft of the Typhoon Task Group, totaling over 4000 flight hours over the years. Established on 17 October 2014 to participate in the multinational Operation Inherent Resolve, the IT NCC AIR guarantees a single command and logistical support for the synergistic and coordinated use of the assets provided by the Italian Air Force and, with the deployment of the SAMP/T Task Group, by the Italian Army within the Coalition.
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