Greek Media obsessed with Turkey’s S-400 SAM deal

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The aqcuisition of 4 S-400 Battalions for the needs of the TuAF is a big game changer in the Greek-Turkey arms race

The latest month initial rumours about a realistic Turkish S-400 deal became almost a certainty. A few days ago, President of Turkey, Reztep Tayip Erdogan confirmed that the first payment of the 2.5 billion dollar deal have been deposited to the Russians. Official reports have not disclosed any details yet, but according to Turkish media, this deal included the acquisition of 4xS-400 battalions along with a double payload of missiles and technology transfer. The latter will help Turkey integrate the S-400 Hi-SAM into their national Integrated Air Defence System. ASESLAN would probably be one of the key local contributors. This company has a vast amount of experience in military RF equipment and electronics.

Even if Turkey wanted to manufacture some parts of the S-400 systems locally, this was denied from the Russian side. All missile batteries will be manufactured in Russia and be delivered in a 2-year period. It is not known yet if the 48N6E3 EDM missile (250 km range) or the 400 km 40N6 missile will be the main armament of those SAMs. Neither if anti-ballistic 9M96 (can be quad packed, range 120 km) with high Pk missiles will be part of the deal. Συνέχεια

Greece ready to upgrade its F-16 fleet to the Viper level

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To keep the F-16 fleet updated, Hellenic Airforce plans for a major upgrade program including APG-83 AESA radar, link 16 and advanced IRST options

In the following month Greece will receive the response from the LoR towards Lockheed Martin for the upgrade of its F-16 fleet to the latest Viper level. The upgrade program is structured in a modular way with various options for the different block 30/50/52/52+ Adv which are currently in service with the Hellenic Airforce.

The main goal is to upgrade almost the whole fleet to a common configuration including the avionics, telecommunication equipment like Link 16 and a new APX-126 IFF interrogator, the sensors (radar and IRST pods), the compatible weapons ( HARM, JDAM, JSOW, JSM as option) while structural upgrading the airframes and repairing and overhauling current engines installed.

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Simulating the Tomahawk missile attack on Shayrat AFB in Syria

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A massive US Tomahawk missile attack can not be easily stopped. Low-profile flight path in addition with massive ordance can be used to penetrate and saturate the enemy AA defenses

In this article, we will provide technical insight on the Tomahawk missile attack against the Sayarat AFB in Syria. This missile attack happened on April of 2017. It was executed by 2 cruising Arleigh Burke destroyers after accusations that the Assad Regime used chemical weapons against civilians. The decision of the attack was made during a period when President Donald Trump was accused by American media of being Putin’s Friend.

Regardless of the political aspect of this incident, various reports and satellite photographs have shown that the Sayarat AFB was heavily hit by the salvo of Tomahawks.

This is a follow on article about the Operational Lessons from the Tomahawk missile attack in Syria (article is written in Greek, though Chrome Browser could help translate parts of it) which was published during last April. Συνέχεια

FYROM and Greece close to a name resolution

After decades of turmoil and political instability the FYROM Republic is keen on accepting a solution regarding changing the international official name by the former country. Greece have been rejecting any solution that includes national  definition. The problem with the official name of FYROM is not only a pure diplomatic recognition issue but also a blocking point and a prerequisite for FYROM’s path to join NATO and the EU. Συνέχεια

Στρατονομία: Aνάγκη για βαθιά τομή

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Γράφει ο Κώστας Τόλιας,

Η Στρατονομία είναι η υπηρεσία εκείνη που έχει επιφορτισθεί το βαρύ φορτίο της τήρησης της τάξης, της πειθαρχίας και της άψογης παράστασης του Στρατεύματος τόσο σε ειρηνική όσο και σε εμπόλεμη περίοδο. Ο ρόλος της είναι κομβικός για την ορθή λειτουργία του στρατιωτικού μηχανισμού αν και υπάρχει η τάση να παραγνωρίζεται.

Πιο συγκεκριμένα, οι αποστολές που εκτελεί στην περίοδο ειρήνης είναι ποικίλες και αφορούν :

  • Την επίβλεψη της τήρησης των νόμων, των κανονισμών, και διαταγών που αφορούν την τάξη και την πειθαρχία.
  • Την παροχή συνοδείας ασφαλείας υψηλών στρατιωτικών προσώπων, τόσο των Ελληνικών Ενόπλων Δυνάμεων, όσο και των Συμμαχικών.
  • Την παροχή συνοδείας ασφαλείας σε κινούμενες στρατιωτικές φάλαγγες και οχήματα που μεταφέρουν ειδικό υλικό στον τομέα ευθύνης της.
  • Τον έλεγχο της κυκλοφορίας του στρατιωτικού προσωπικού και των στρατιωτικών οχημάτων, ως προς την εμφάνιση, την ασφάλεια και την τήρηση των διαταγών, με την εγκατάσταση Σημείων Ελέγχου εντός και εκτός πόλεων.
  • Την λήψη κατάλληλων μέτρων για την ρύθμιση και ασφάλεια των στρατιωτικών τροχαίων κινήσεων, καθώς και τον έλεγχο και την διερεύνηση τροχαίων ατυχημάτων με εμπλεκόμενα στρατιωτικά οχήματα στον τομέα ευθύνης των μονάδων και υπομονάδων της.

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Does Turkey threaten Cyprus with war over Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) ?

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Turkish navy in a show of force conducted military drills in Areas 6 and 7 of Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone

A few days ago, Turkish Navy conducted military exercises with live firing in areas which included part of the Cyprus EEZ. In parallel, turkish seismographic research ship Barbaros have initiated a series of research to identify the possibility of Oil and Gas in the area south of Cyprus. These activities violate the EEZ of Cyprus and raise tension in the area.

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