Two Italian Air Force Eurofighter aircraft currently conducting NATO’s enhanced Air Policing in Romania were launched by Combined Air Operations Centre at Torrejón, Spain, for the first time since they arrived Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in early May 2019.
Within minutes the fighter aircraft took off in response to an unidentified aircraft flying near NATO airspace over the Black Sea international waters.
According to the Alliance:
“The fighters established a routine pattern in the vicinity to be able to respond if needed to safeguard the integrity of NATO airspace. When the aircraft left the area the Italian Eurofighters safely returned to their temporary home base at Constanta, Romania. This professional and timely response underlines NATO is ready and responsive at any time.