French and Italian Air Forces are protecting the skies over Romania with fighter aircraft and air defence systems.
In May 2022, the French Air and Space Force deployed the SAMP/T Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system (known as „MAMBA”).
Its Aster 30 missile intercepts aircraft and missiles hundreds of kilometres away. In late November, aircraft from Spain, Türkiye and the United States tested the system with simulated attacks. MAMBA was successful in fending them off.
Meanwhile, a detachment of Eurofighter Typhoon fighters from the Italian Air Force is securing the skies alongside the Romanian Air Force. The Italian jets arrived at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base in late November, taking over from the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Together, the French SAMs and the Italian fighters form an essential part of NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence System, which protects Allies from airborne threats 24/7, year-round.
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