After Action Report: Simulation 2019 Chasing Aphrodite

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The Hellenic Airforce (HAF) has the mission of protecting not only the Greek but also the Cypriot Airspace if asked by Cyprus’s government

After the release of the Beta version of the simulation scenario in CMANO 2019: Chasing Aphrodite (detailed description with the participating forces from both sides and some political insight, better read this first to have a broader view) we gave the chance for various users to send their feedback towards a Combined Air Operation south of Cyprus.

The main goal of this scenario is to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of both , Hellenic and Turkish Airforce, operating in a region inside the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone, dozens of miles south of the island. The main target is a possible future Sea Drilling Platform known as Fatih (The Conqueror, given the same name with the current Sea Exploration Drilling ship Fatih operated by Turkish Petroleum Corporation, TPAO) which might violate Cypriot EEZ and start drilling operations and oil extraction.

The operation can be divided into 6 phases:

Phase 0: Recon/SIGINT Operation, gathering Intelligence about the composition of the Turkish fleet south of Cyprus and also the presence of the Turkish Airforce around it

Phase 1: Offensive Counter Air (OCA), clearing the sky before the strike packages get close to the target area Συνέχεια

Italy May Stop F-35 Orders at 13 Aircraft (!)

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By Giovanni de Briganti

PARIS — If it goes through with its decision not to buy any additional Lockheed F-35 fighters, Italy stands to save as much as $13 billion which it could use, like Germany, to buy additional Eurofighters to replace its Tornado strike aircraft and still have money left over to spend on the welfare programs that are the priority of its new government.

Elisabetta Trenta, the new defense minister who took office in June, said during an interview broadcast by “La 7” television (in Italian) on July 6 that “Certainly, we won’t buy any more F-35s – I can guarantee that, and I am emphasizing it now because some people have written the opposite.”

However, Trenta also said Italy was “assessing what to do regarding the contracts already in place,” and evaluating whether to maintain its orders or to stretch them out over a longer period. Italy will weigh the program’s benefits in terms of technology, employment and turnover before coming to a decision, “because it could cost us more to cancel than to continue.”

Contradiction or misunderstanding?

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2019: Chasing Aphrodite

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Our site is releasing a TASMO simulation against a strong Turkish Naval Surface Attack Group south of Cyprus.

This is the final version of the requested scenario by our facebook page fans

(Check https://www.facebook.com/defencegreece/)

Special Thanks to Zaharias Tzamargias for its contribution during the development of the scenario !

Description

Date: 30 September 2019

Since the events of June 2018 when the Turkish offshore Drilling ship with the name Conqueror arrived in Attaleia port, the combined Greek-Cypriot Forces have been on High Alert.

During the following months the turkish naval presence was limited around the Turkish shores. But after the political instability in Greece due to parliamentary elections (2019), the Turkish Navy has vastly expanded its activity in the sea area south of Cyprus, Eastern Med. A long period of tension between the three countries (Cyprus, Greece and Turkey) over the disputed offshore oil reserves of Cyprus (once a home the the mythical Goddess Aphrodite) seems to be reaching a flashpoint. Συνέχεια

Greece releases RFI for new heavy torpedoes (!)

A U-212 of the Italian Navy at bay during reloading of Black Shark torpedoes

The Hellenic Navy released a Request for Information Letter asking various companies for technical insight at aqcuiring heavy class 533 mm torpedoes and integrating them to the U-214 and U-209 AIP (Okeanos) submarines.

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Greece upgrades 85 F-16 to the Viper level, partially financed by the USA !

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Greece finally has given the green light for the F-16 Upgrade program to start!

Greece on 30th of April 2018 singed the Letter of Acceptance (LOA) for the Viper Upgrade program, after a decision was made during the Saturday’s (28 April) last-minute KYSEA (Goverment Council on Defense and Foreign Policy). It took almost 6 months of negotiations between the Greek Goverment and the USAF (which is the prime guarantor for the progress and supervision of the Upgrade Program) until a contract was signed to upgrade 85 of the 154 F-16 to the latest Block 70/72 Viper variant. Total cost of the program is around 1.45 billion $.

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2018 Aegean in Flames: A concert of Harpoons and Exocets

 

Following the last week’s hot incident, when a Patrol ship of the Turkish Coast Guard intentionally managed to ram a Greek Patrol ship near IMIA islands, the possibility of armed conflict rises. During the collision, the OPV 90 Gaydos had suffered serious damage in the rear of its hull. This combined with the fact that the Turkish navy prohibited an Italian Offshore Drilling Ship belonging to ENI, to conduct research drills inside Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, raises a rather unfriendly situation between Greece and Turkey.

A possible armed event in the following months is highly anticipated. In this article we would try to simulate a possible Greek Armed Response to Turkey’s ambition to control the Aegean and Cyprus oil Reserves in Eastern Med.

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Cyprus unveiling new «secret» Air Defense Systems during the national military parade

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The medium range BUK missiles can deploy a protective umbrella even upon the Northern Turkish occupied sector of the island

For the first time after nearly two decades of speculations, Cyprus unveiled during the 1st October military parade, the BUK M1-2 SAM batteries that provide a strong Air Defense above the whole island. Two TELAR along with a command vehicle were spotted during the parade.

Initially Cyprus wanted to acquire two Hi-SAM S-300 PMU-1 batteries back in the mid 90s. Due to diplomatic pressure from Turkey (threatening even with pre-emptive strike before those SAMs reach Cyprus soil) and to avoid further military escalation, Greece and Cyprus agreed to transfer the S-300 batteries to the Crete island and in exchange Greece would repay in military equipment. The total amount of the deal reached 460 million Euros. Συνέχεια