With the missions in flight of the last week, the Typhoon Task Group, part of the TFA Kuwait Air Force Task Force, has reached the important milestone of 6000 hours of flight in the Operational Theater.
Established in 2019, the Typhoon Task Group is composed of men and women who make up the backbone of the Group, providing technical, maintenance and operational support for the redeployed Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
The Task Group, initially established at the Al Jaber air base, Kuwait, has been operating from Ali Al Salem airport since April 2019, and has seen a continuous succession of seafaring personnel and specialists from the 4th, 36th, 37th and 51st Wing of the Italian Air Force, together with the support team from the various Armed Forces Bodies distributed throughout the national territory, demonstrating the excellent ability of the staff to blend in quickly and work together.
The main objective of the Task Group is to provide support to the Daesh counter coalition by providing its TACRECCE (Tactical Reconnaissance) and DCA (Defensive Counter Air) capabilities.
In the 6000 flight hours of the Italian Eurofighters, over 750 missions and 16,000 reconnaissance were completed at the points of interest, carrying out about 2400 refueling in flight.
The Typhoon Task Group also carries out tactical air-to-air and air-to-ground training in dedicated areas in Kuwait. To date, more than 50 CAS (Close Air Support) and Range (ground shooting) training missions have been carried out, in collaboration with tacp (United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party) and AH-64 Apache helicopters from the neighboring US base of Camp Beuhring.
The F-2000 aircraft, supplied to the Typhoon Task Group, is among the many assets assigned to the Air Task Force, for the fulfillment of the mission entrusted within the multinational Operation “Inherent Resolve”, in which the national Operation Prima Parthica is developed.
In addition to the Typhoon Task Group, at the Italian National Contingent Comannd Air – Kuwait, the Araba Fenice Task Group also operates with MQ-9 Predator B aircraft, the Albatros Task Group with the C-27J, the Task Group Medal with the C-130 J, the Breus Task Group with KC-767 transport aircraft and refuelers, and the SAMP/T SCUTUM Task Group of the Italian Army equipped with anti-aircraft defense system.
Operational activities in Kuwait are conducted under the coordination and according to the directives given by the Joint Summit Operational Command (COVI), led by Army Corps General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo.
COVI is in fact the Top Command of the Joint Operational Area and also performs the functions of staff body of the Chief of Defence Staff.
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