German Eurofighter Typhoons train in Sardinia to improve air-to-air skills

The following pictures, taken few days ago by The Aviationist’s Giovanni Maduli at Decimomannu airbase, Italy, show the German Eurofighter Typhoons of the Jagdgeschwader 73 (Fighter Wing 73) “Steinhoff” during their “summer training camp” in the Sardinia’s ACMI (Air Combat Maneuvering Installation) ranges.

The German Air Force single and double seat F-2000s are involved in air-to-air training sorties that involve BAE Systems’ A-4Ns as well as GFD’s Learjet 35 target tugs.

The Luftwaffe’s Typhoon performed very well in the air defense role during the recent Red Flag Alaska, where four Eurofighters are believed to have accounted for 16 simulated kills from 18 simulated missile shots on one sortie.

“Yesterday we had Raptor salad for lunch” a  German Typhoon pilot said after dogfighting with the F-22 at Red Flag Alaska.

During the RF-A, in one German-led DCA (Defensive Conter Air) mission, the friendly force achieved a record score of 38:1; 38 planes shot down, one lost.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.