English translation by Dario Cocco
On Friday November 26th VEGA 2010 exercise draw to its conclusion. It was held at the Decimomannu (Cagliari) Airbase and saw the participation by aerial components of the Israeli Air Force and NATO.
The Vega 2010 Exercise saw the military airport of Decimomannu as the base for coordination of logistics and training activities; the objectives of the activities have been the strengthening of the interoperability of the departments involved with the improvement of the capacity for cooperation and standardization and implementation simulating the tactical activities in areas of medium-scale operations in a high threat.
The Vega 2010 was held following the now-proven formula used for the exercises and Trinex and Starex which allows the maximization of the use of the structure and the resources present at the Airbase of Decimomannu.
Maximum attention has been given to the environmental impact and to the effects on commercial air traffic generated by training activities. Exercise areas, mostly above the sea off the coast of central-eastern Sardinia, were made as permeable as possible to the civil air traffic, ensuring full safety of operations, in order to reduce any possible delays and disruptions to passengers travelling to and from the airport of the island. Also, during the activities, no weapons were used in any way.
During the two weeks in Sardinia have been committed to the Exercise a total of 38 aircraft including 3 on the support role, 33 fighter-bombers and 2 helicopters, amassing a total of 600 flight hours. The crews employed counted 100 and overall the number of personnel was about 600 soldiers.
The Italian air component has participated with Eurofighter Typhoons, F 16ADF, Tornado ECR, AMX ACOL, MB339A, KC 130J tankers and a single AB 212 helicopter used for CSAR missions. The Israeli air component comprised F 15 "Baz" and F-16 "Netz" fighters plus a G550 “Eitam” used as a platform for command and control. NATO has participated to the exercise with an E 3B AWACS aircraft.
Missile and simulation of land-based threats systems were also used at Perdasdefogu and Cape San Lorenzo and to reproduce the operating conditions required by the training activities.
"Source Italian Air Force SMA Public Information Office"