Emblem 31 Tactical Air Wing Boelcke

31 Tactical Air Wing Boelcke

31 Tactical Air Wing in Nörvenich is located in North Rhine-Westphalia and is one of four Eurofighter sites operated by the German Air Force.


31 Tactical Air Wing Boelcke is one of four Eurofighter wings. With its jet-propelled combat aircraft, the Wing makes a contribution to collective and national defense. Its mission is to ensure air-to-air capability and to implement the Eurofighter air-to-ground capability in the German Air Force. The Wing develops procedures and training principles for pilots and technicians of all German Eurofighter units in order to establish the air-to-ground capability of the fighter jet. So far, the groundwork has been laid for the interaction of the fighter jets, laser target markers and laser-guided GBUGuided Bomb Unit-48 weapons, which means that the Eurofighter multi-role capability has been achieved.

To secure the German airspace, the Wing is capable of temporarily taking over airspace surveillance if this is not possible at the Wittmund or Neuburg air bases. This capability serves as a contribution both to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Integrated Air Defense and to the security of the German airspace as a standing operational task of the Air Force in peacetime.

In addition to domestic tasks, the personnel of 31 Tactical Air Wing Boelcke are also assigned to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and UNUnited Nations (United Nations) operations in the context of Bundeswehr deployments. They serve in a wide range of countries of deployment. In 2019, the Wing was again designated as a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Response Force (NRFNATO Response Force). In this role, particular demands are made on operational readiness to ensure that the Wing can be deployed for missions anywhere in the world at short notice.


  • Colonel Timo Heimbach

    Colonel Timo Heimbach


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