Orrustuflugvél ítalska flughersins sem sinnti loftrýmisgæslu við Ísland. Mynd: Giovanni Colla
Around 140 members of the Italian air force are expected to Iceland this week as the country takes over responsibility for patrolling Iceland’s airspace as part of its NATO membership. Staff at NATO HQ in Uedem, Germany are also part of the project, along with Isavia and the Icelandic coastguard.
The Italians will come with six F-35 fighter jets and their stay in Iceland will include approach practices at Akureyri and Egilsstaðir airports between 26th September and 4th October.
The Italian air force will have its base in the secure zone at Keflavík International Airport.
This is the second time this year that Italy has looked after Iceland’s air space—which is shared among NATO member countries as Iceland has no military—and it is believed they will stay until the end of October.
The above library picture shows an Italian fighter taking off from Keflavík in September 2018. It is, however, a Eurofighter Typhoon and not an F-35.