Italian recce Tornados arrive in Kuwait

Italian Air Force Panavia Tornado aircraft arrived in Kuwait on Saturday 22 November, the Italian defense ministry in Rome reports. The Tornados left Ghedi airbase earlier that day. They will join a the international air campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). The deployment was announced earlier in November.

The four Tornados took off from Ghedi air force base earlier on Saturday. Ghedi is home to the Italian Air Force’s 6th Stormo (or wing), which has been flying the Tornado since 1982. In 1991 it also flew Tornados in anger over Iraq during operation Desert Storm. One aircraft was lost, with the pilots being captured by Saddam Hussein’s forces.

In the fight against ISIS, Tornado are likely to operate from Ahmed al Jaber airbase near Kuwait City. The Tornados will be used for recce mission. The Italians already supported operations with a KC-767 tanker and two MQ-1 Predator drones.

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The four Tornados, seen prior to departure from Ghedi. (Image © Italian Air Force)
The four Tornados, seen prior to departure from Ghedi. (Image © Italian Air Force)