Romania

RAF Typhoons intercept Russian Su-24 over the Black Sea

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s assigned to the RAF’s 121 Expeditionary Air Wing were scrambled to intercept an unidentified Russian fighter in international airspace over the Black Sea on August 17

RAF Typhoons return to Romania for air policing mission

Four RAF-operated Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, have arrived in Romania to support NATO’s ongoing enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission

Romanian MiG-21 LanceR-C crashes in Dedrad

A Romanian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 LanceR-C fighter-interceptor crashed during a local training mission on April 20

USAF deploys MQ-9A Reapers to Romania

The USAF has deployed an undisclosed number of MQ-9A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and approximately 90 airmen to Romania’s 71st Air Base in Câmpia Turzii

Elbit to upgrade Romanian IAR-99 trainer aircraft

Elbit Systems announced on December 14 that it has been contracted by Romania’s Avioane Craiova to begin the first phase of the upgrade programme for the Romanian Air Force’s IAR-99 Standard trainer aircraft

Romanian F-16 upgrade approved by US

The US State Department announced on November 3 that it has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of upgrade equipment to Romania, which seeks to modernise its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet

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OPERATION Black Shield

This summer, Gian Carlo Vecchi had the chance to visit the Italian Typhoon air policing detachment on Romania’s Black Sea coast and interview Colonel Andrea Fazi, commander of the Task Force Air 4° Stormo.