Italian Air Force Typhoon committed to the air policing task of the Albanian airspace
The Typhoons of the Gioia del Colle Air Base’s 36th Stormo of Italian Air Force have started their air policing task over the Albanian air space as requested by NATO.
Albania, as a new NATO member lacks any asset able to perform this task as its air force is only equipped with helicopter and light aircraft which support land forces, perform search and rescue and civil protection roles. The Italian Typhoons are the first Eurofighters committed to the air policing task for nations lacking any such capability as requested by NATO.
The 36th Wing of Gioia del Colle together with 4th Fighter Wing equipped with Eurofighter, and the 5th Wing of Cervia and the 37th of Trapani both equipped with F 16, is one of the Italian Air Force units assigned to the control of Italian airspace 24 hours a day, all year round. Italy has been engaged in air policing Slovenia's air space for NATO since 2007.