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

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