Between 11:00 and 12:00 CEST an Aerial Refueling took place over southern Piedmont, involving two Italian Air Force Boeing KC-767A and 4 Lockheed F-35.
The AAR activity took place within the area called R64.
At the end of the activity, one of the two Boeing KC-767A (MM62228) continued northward, while the other (MM62229) is returning to Pratica di Mare AB.
Together with the tanker that is flying north, there are four Italian Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35As flying towards Iceland.
Indeed an Italian Air Force F-35A fighter detachment is lined up to deploy for two months to Iceland in support of NATO’s enduring Air Policing efforts in the High North.
The Italian Air Force detachment is comprised of more than 130 women and men and four F-35A fighter jets including pilots, ground crew, support and force protection personnel. This is the third deployment of Italian fifth generation fighters to Iceland after 2019 and 2020. Before that, Italy supported the mission with the Eurofighter Typhoon to safeguard the airspace above the Ally in the High North In 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019.