The Italian Air Force has officially taken delivery of the final Eurofighter Typhoon during a ceremony held at Leonardo’s plant in Caselle (Turin) in north-western Italy.

The delivery completes an order for a fleet of 21 Typhoon aircraft to boost the country’s security missions.

In 2009, a total of 112 aircraft were ordered under a Tranche 3A contract for Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo said: “The collaboration path we are celebrating today, embodied by an aircraft with extraordinary capabilities, is the result of a long-term supranational strategic, political, and industrial vision, which has allowed Europe to have its own security asset, and benefit from a programme that has been able to represent a technological accelerator and a unique engine of development in the history of our continent.

“The Eurofighter Typhoon will be a pivotal element in the path of innovation, which is aimed at fully safeguarding European technological sovereignty in the coming years.”

The Eurofighter features technologies that increase operational effectiveness, survivability, and efficient management.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is used to safeguard the airspace of Italy, Europe, and other Nato countries and ‘represents an ideal platform for the continuous introduction of new capabilities’.

In December last year, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft completed the contribution to the Nato Air Policing mission in Iceland to safeguard the country’s airspace.