ROME: Seven Kuwaiti military pilots have graduated from Italy receiving courses that included training on one of the world's most formidable combat aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon. The airmen have completed the courses at the International Flying School and graduated at a ceremony held at the southern air base of Galatina. Eurofighter joint international bureau said in a statement on Tuesday that the graduation ceremony, held last Friday, was attended by Commander of the Kuwaiti Air Force Air Vice Marshal Adnan Al-Fadhli.

Speaking during the ceremony, Air Vice Marshal Al-Fadhli said the occasion depicted depth of the Kuwaiti-Italian relations and fruitful cooperation between the two countries in various sectors. This significant event also signals distinctive cooperation between Kuwait and Italy for enhancing capacities of the Kuwaiti Army including the Air Force, he said.

Kuwaiti officers who take part in military courses in Italy get acquainted with latest technology that enable them to train on the Eurofighters, he said, also indicating that the airmen get training on commanding Eurofighter Typhoon squadrons. The Kuwaiti Air Force chief announced last year, during visits to plants in Europe where the fighter jet is manufactured, that the Gulf country would receive the first batch of Eurofighters by September 2020. Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced swing-role combat aircraft providing simultaneously deployable Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface capabilities. - KUNA