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F-16V Block 72 Fighters Delivered To Greece

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F-16V Block 72 Fighters Delivered To Greece
Two Greek F-16 Block 72 fighter jets competitor for takeoff at Tanagra Air Force Base pressure the delivery ceremonyShipment(AP

Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)The very first 2 airplanes have actually been returned after an examination as well as the upgrade project in the United States. The Hellenic Air Force took shipment of the very first 2 totally updated F-16V Block 72 Viper boxer jets throughout an event at Tanagra Air Base on Sept. 12, 2022. The airplane are the very first of 83 that will certainly be updated from the Block 52+ to the current criterion, with the jobs being done in your area by the Hellenic Aerospace Industries (HAI) at Tanagra, sustained by Lockheed Martin.

The airplane are the previous F-16C Block 52+ with HAF serial 005 and also 006 (USAF serial 06-0005 as well as 06-0006) which were gotten with the Peace Xenia IV Foreign Military Sales program in 2005 and also provided in 2009 to the 335 Mira Tigris (Tigers) as well as the 336 Mira Olympos (Olympus), specifically, at Araxos Air Base. The Viper 005 obtained the initial component of the upgrades at Tanagra, where it flew once more in January 2021, prior to it was moved in the United States for the last upgrades as well as the qualification of the job done by HAI, removing them to wage the upgrade on various other airplane.

“Another extremely vital day for the Air Force as well as the Armed Forces of the nation, today, right here at the EAB centers in Tanagra, in the existence of the Ministers of Finance as well as Development as well as additionally in the existence of a team of Military Leadership, the shipment event of the very first 2 F -16 airplane of the “Viper” variation, one of the most modern-day F-16 airplane presently on the planet, occurred from the ODA to the Air Force”, claimed the Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos. “This is an airplane with massive possibility, specifically in regards to its electronic devices, and also will certainly better enhance its general power.”

The electronic devices, as a matter of fact, is the major emphasis of the Block 70/72 upgrade. Amongst the brand-new systems mounted we can discover the APG-83 AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar, a brand-new Center Pedestal Display (CPD), the AN/APX -126 Advanced IFF (Identification Friend or Foe), Link 16 datalink, complete NVIS (Night Vision Imaging System) and also JHCMS II (Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System II) compatibility, a brand-new Embedded GPS/INS (EGI), a contemporary business off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a high-volume, high-speed information bus as well as the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS).

Greece Sends Official F-35 Lightning II Purchase Request To The United States

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Greece Sends Official F-35 Lightning II Purchase Request To The United States
File picture of 2 Vermont Air National Guard’s F-35 Lightning IIs over

the Midwest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Mota) The Hellenic Air Force could obtain 20 F-35 airplane to create an armada, with a feasible alternative momentarily one. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis introduced on June 30, 2022 that a Letter of Request has actually been sent out to the United States to formally ask for the acquisition of 20 F-35 Lightning II 5th gen airplane. The news got here after the NATO Summit in Madrid, Spain, as well as notes the start of the multi-stage procedure that will certainly bring about the shipment of the very first airplane for the Hellenic Air Force in 2027-2028.

“Our intent is to obtain an F-35 armada with a feasible choice momentarily one. Sending out a Letter of Request (LoR) which has actually taken place in the previous couple of days becomes part of this procedure,” Mitsotakis informed press reporters. “It is a lengthy procedure as well as I am stating this due to the fact that it implies we have the financial room permitting us to make such an acquisition.”

This Letter of Request adheres to an additional one that was apparently sent out in 2020 by the Ministry of National Defense to the U.S. Department of Defense, in which Greece asked for 18-24 F-35 brand-new or utilized by the U.S. Air Force to be supplied in 2021. Some records also mentioned that Greece might have obtained 6 F-35s initially developed for Turkey, if required.

Nothing else information have actually been launched, besides claiming that the Prime Minister went over the purchase of the F-35 throughout his current journey to Washington last month. The Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos as well as the principal of the National Defense General Staff, Konstantinos Floros, are anticipated to take a trip to the United States this month also and also it is secure to think that the F-35 will certainly be among the based on be reviewed.

The procurement of F-35s would certainly “reinforce Greece’s protection abilities, strengthen US-Greek NATO interoperability, protecting local security,” United States Ambassador to Greece George Tsunis, claimed in a tweet complying with a conference recently in between Minister Panagiotopoulos and also authorities from the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office.

The feasible acquisition of the F-35 is simply among the lots of procurement programs of the Greek protection in the last couple of years, started in order to improve the militaries after stress with Turkey rose once more. Greece as well as Turkey have actually been at probabilities for years over a collection of concerns, however the present safety and security circumstance which complied with the Russian intrusion in Ukraine better worsened the demand to improve the army throughout Europe.

About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso is an independent reporter as well as factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s additionally examining to attain a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions and also OSINT strategies put on the globe of existing problems as well as armed forces procedures are amongst his locations of knowledge.

Hellenic Air Force Multinational Iniochos 2022 Exercise At Andravida Air Base

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Hellenic Air Force Multinational Iniochos 2022 Exercise At Andravida Air Base
One of the F-16I Sufa airplane of the IAF.(All pictures

: Alessandro Fucito)This year’s version of the Greek international workout saw the engagement of Israeli, Italian, French, Hellenic, Slovenian as well as U.S. possessions. Running in between Mar. 28 and also Apr. 8, 2022, the yearly Hellenic Air Force”Iniochos 22″ medium-scale workout held by the Hellenic Air Force at the centers of the ATC(Air Tactics Center)at Andravida Air Base, Greece, saw the engagement of allied airplane releasing to the Northwest Peloponnese from France, Greece, Italy, Israel, Slovenia as well as the United States. Amongst the airplane participating in Iniochos this year, there were likewise 11x F-16I Sufa coming from the 201 as well as 253 Sqn of the Israeli Air Force’s Sufa Division at Ramon Abdominal; 7x Tornado (4x IDS as well as 3x ECR variations) from the 6th Stormo, Italian Air Force, based in Ghedi abdominal muscle; 9x F-15E Strike Eagles coming from the 492nd as well as 494th Fighter Squadron of the 48th Fighter Wing from RAF Lakenheath, UK; 2x Slovenian PC-9M from the Air Force Military School at Letalska Sola; a Cypriot AW-139, in addition to a variety of F-16Cs, F-4Es, 6x Mirage 2000-5BGs coming from numerous armadas of the HAF.

U.S. Air Force Strike Eagle. HAF F-16 taxiing cab at Andravida abdominal muscle. The workout”consists of the complete range of objectives that sees teams running in a facility and also overloaded air setting. These consist of Air procedures versus an Integrated Air Defence System, Anti-Surface Warfare and also Combat

Search and also Rescue. Taking part employees are subjected to an extensive fight rhythm with tough situations with numerous modern-day hazards as well as real-time online injects which enhance interoperability, while developing a more powerful and also a lot more nimble Alliance,”states the NATO Allied Air Command workout. Mirage 2000-5BG Iniochos 22 consisted of Offensive Counter Air Operations(OCA), Air Defence Operations( ADO), Counter Surface Force Operations(CSFO)consisting of Air Power Contribution to Land Ops(APCLO)and also Air Power Contribution to Maritime Ops(APCMO), Reconnaissance objectives, CSAR(Combat SAR)and also High Value Airborne Asset Escort objectives. Particularly, the drills additionally focused on boosting multi-domain procedures on behalf of land and also maritime pressures. Because of this, the airplane educated along with the ships as well as airplane

that are running from the French and also the United States Navy Carrier Strike Groups presently released in the Ionian and also the Aegean Sea. HAF F-4E(AUP) “INIOCHOS 22 combines thousands of individuals in one-on-one rundown, debriefing and also preparation, therefore optimizing training advantages as well as advertising collaboration and also exchange of suggestions on techniques, in between individuals with various experience,”stated Brig. Gen. Nikoloas Kokkonis, Hellenic Air Tactics Center leader. Slovenian PC-9M Educating with allies as well as local companions permits integrated and also ready actions to local safety and security dangers globally backup procedures.”The workout subjects the individuals to a several risk atmosphere such as Anti-Access Area rejection, where lengthy array surface area based Air Defense Systems, 4th generation RED airplane and also Tactical Ballistics Missiles, develop a multi-layer difficulty for Allied pressures,”Kokkonis included. Italian Air Force”Tonka”with a GBU-32(V)/ B Joint Direct Attack Munition(JDAM). Not just were the going to airplane intriguing to the digital photographers and also watchmans that collected at Andravida abdominal for the workout: the existence of some fascinating site visitors, like the brand-new HAF Rafale F3-R boxer jets designated to the 332 MPK(Mira Pantos Kerou or All Weather Squadron)”Geraki”(Hawk). The airplane have actually shown up in Greece at the start of the year: the really initial set of 6 Rafales, 4 single-seat C-models and also 2 double-seat B-models, flew from Istres to Tanagra Air Base on Jan. 19, 2022, after their main handover in July 2021 One of”the single-seat Rafales at Andravida Abdominal throughout Iniochos 22 workout.” About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and also Editor of”The Aviationist”, among the globe’s most well-known as well as check out armed forces aeronautics blog sites. Because 1996, he has actually created for significant globally publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and also several others, covering air travel, protection, battle, sector, criminal activity, cyberwar as well as knowledge. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia as well as Syria, as well as flown a number of fight aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, an exclusive pilot and also a grad in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 publications and also added to much more ones.

First Dassault Rafale Aircraft Has Been Officially Delivered To Greece

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Hellenic Air Force Dassault Rafale (Image credit: ©Dassault Aviation – C. Cosmao)

The first Rafale jet for the Hellenic Air Force has been delivered to Greece today.

The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) took delivery of the first Rafale, a two-seater B model, during a ceremony hosted by Dassault Aviation at the company Flight Test Center in Istres, France, and attended by Greece’s Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, on Jul. 21, 2021.

The first delivery comes after Greece announced last year the acquisition of 18 Rafale F3-R, to replace the oldest Mirage 2000 currently in service in the Hellenic Air Force. Greece signed a 2.3 Billion Euro (2.8B USD) deal with France in January.

While some of the new jets will be newly built, the majority will be second-hand aircraft from the French Air Force. In fact, the first aircraft as well as the next five will come from the French Space and Air Force and will be used to train Greek pilots and ground personnel in France, before the aircraft move to Tanagra Air Base, Greece.

A first group of HAF pilots who have already been trained by the French Air Force in the last months, and 50 HAF technicians will soon join the Dassault Aviation Conversion Training Center (CTC) in Mérignac, France to continue their training.

Hellenic Air Force Dassault Rafale (Image credit: ©Dassault Aviation – C. Cosmao)

“Following the Mirage F1 in 1974, the Mirage 2000 in 1985 and the Mirage 2000-5 in 2000, the Rafale is now proudly flying with the Hellenic Air Force colors. The Rafale is a Strategic Game Changer for the HAF. It will play an active role by securing Greece’s leadership as a major regional power. I would like to reaffirm our total commitment to the success of the Rafale in Greece,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation in a public release.

By the end of the year, Greece will receive the first six second-hand aicraft; six new ones are planned to be delivered next year, while the last six (second-hand) Rafales are expected to be delivered in 2023.

The first aircraft delivered to the HAF should be in the F3-O4T standard, the one before the latest, the F3-R upgrade, that includes some major enhancements like the new Thales RBE2 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the Spectra (Système de Protection et d’Évitement des Conduites de Tir du Rafale or, in English, Self-Protection Equipment Countering Threats to Rafale Aircraft) electronic warfare system, an Auto-GCAS (Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System) and the new laser-guided variant if the Sagem AASM “Hammer” (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire “Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range”). The Rafale F3-R will also receive the MBDA Meteor missile and the Thales Talios targeting pod.

According to most sources, in the end the HAF will operate a mixed fleet of F3-O4T and F3-R aircraft.

Greece is also looking to acquire a squadron of 24 F-35A 5th generation aircraft possibly from 2024 or at the end of the deliveries of the Rafale and the upgrade of the F-16.

David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.

NATO Conducts ADEX (Air Defense Exercise) In Black Sea

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A C-27J was intercepted today, 2nd July 2021, as part of a NATO multinational joint training activity to show NATO’s ability to integrate different Allied assets in the air and at sea.
F-16’s from Romanian Air Force and Hellenic Air Force took part in the NATO led Air Defence Exercise intercepting the Romanian C-27 whilst it transited from Otopeni Air Base to Mihail Kogălniceanu air base. (Image courtesy of RAF via NATO Allied Air Command)

NATO holds an ADEX (Air Defense Exercise) in the Black Sea region, where tension with Russia has increased following the recent close encounters between Russian fighters and NATO warships.

On Jul. 2, 2021, NATO Air and Maritime forces conducted an ADEX in the Black Sea area, “to improve Alliance cooperation, practise air-maritime communications and build stronger relationships between Allies.” 

Several fighters assets from the Greek, Romanian and Turkish air forces, a NATO AWACS, a Romanian C-27 transport aircraft, a Turkish Military Patrol Aircraft and three Allied frigates from the Standing Naval Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), Italian Navy flagship Fasan, the Romanian Navy Regina Maria and the Turkish Navy Barbaros took part in the ADEX. SNMG 2 forces are transiting across the Black Sea and will take part in Exercise Sea Breeze 2021 after the ADEX. The German and British Eurofighters deployed to Mihail Kogalniceanu, Constanta, for NATO Enhanced Air Policing were initially scheduled to take part in the training but their sorties were cancelled because of bad weather.

A German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon landed at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base after a NATO Tango Scramble. (Image courtesy of NATO Allied Air Command)

The maritime game plan clearly replicated the scenario that saw Russian warplanes fly close to a British destroyer and simulate multiple attacks on a Dutch frigate. However, according to NATO, the organization of the drills took “some weeks”, suggesting that the exercise was not arrange in direct response to the Russian activity in the Black Sea.

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Hellenic Air Force F-16 (Image credit: Romanian Air Force)

While initially Turkish Air Force F-16 fighters simulated attacks on the NATO ships which trained defence drills against these attacks, the Greek and Romanian F-16s, in a separate event, conducted similar training maneuvers with the Greek fighters attacking the ships which responded in a joint manner with the Romanian fighters. Subsequently, the Greek and Romanian fighters conduct aerial combat drills.

This exercise shows how Allies use unique opportunities to train multiple Allied forces in a multi-domain environment. By exercising in international waters and airspace just off the Romanian coast, NATO is able to further develop our operational tactics and refine airspace coordination with our Black Sea Allies. Allied Air Command experts in cooperation with the Combined Air Operations Centre at Torrejón, Allied Maritime Command and the participating nations planned the event over a number of weeks.

“Overall the air-maritime integration training demonstrates NATO’s capabilities, readiness and resolve to protect Allied populations; with our ships and aircraft peacefully operating off the Romanian coast we also assure the Allies in the region,” said Allied Air Command Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier General Andrew Hansen. “Our jets are unarmed to enable maximum training benefit and allowing for interoperability among the four Allies’ fighters,” he added.

“We have clear command and control arrangements and strict rules of engagement in place that every participant knows. These ensure that we conduct the training in a responsible and de-escalatory manner while still showing a credible and ready presence of NATO assets in the region,” said Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon Commander, Lieutenant General Fernando de la Cruz.

For the moment, we have not heard about any Russian reaction (i.e. flying activity in the vicinity of the drills) to the NATO ADEX. We will update the story if some interesting detail emerges in the next hours/days.

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Romanian C-27 escorted by Romanian and Hellenic Air Force F-16s. (Image credit: HAF)

David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.

Greek Media Outlets Claim Six F-35s Originally Destined to Turkey May End Up in Greece

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The first F-35 with Turkish markings (via aa.tr)

Greek media outlets report that the U.S. will divert to Greece six F-35s originally built by Lockheed Martin for Turkey.

Although the details are still pretty fuzzy, Greek social media went abuzz following the reports that Greece would receive, in 2022, six F-35s originally destined to Turkey that was kicked out of the program last year.

Greek Estia newspaper reported that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a virtual “green light” to the supply of 20 F-35s during his recent visit to Greece, and the deal “was discussed and agreed” according to Greek City Times. Noteworthy, as part of the deal, six jets will be purchased in 2022 and “will be delivered together with the first six Rafale fighter jets from France.”

Earlier this year, DefenseNews reported that the U.S. Air Force would officially buy eight F-35A conventional takeoff and landing jets originally built by Lockheed Martin for Turkey as part of a $862 million contract modification. “In the FY20 version of the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress gave the Pentagon permission to spend up to $30 million to fly the first six Turkish F-35s to a location where they could be stored and preserved until the department came up with a plan for their use,” Valerie Insinna reported. “Those jets, which were produced in Lots 10 and 11, are currently being held “in long-term storage in the United States pending final decision on their disposition,” the defense official said.”

Therefore, it’s not clear whether the Greek reports are accurate and the Hellenic Air Force is really getting those first jets or six among the 24 Turkish F-35s that were in various stages of production at the beginning of the year.

Whatever, as we reported in the past, Turkey had planned to purchase 100 of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing variants of the Joint Strike Fighter, the same version used by the U.S. Air Force. Ten Turkish companies were involved in the development and/or production of the 5th generation aircraft, with a total Turkish investment of more than $1 billion.

On May 10, 2018, the first F-35A (serial 18-0001) destined to the Turkish Air Force performed its first flight at Lockheed Martin Ft. Worth facility, Texas, piloted by US Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson. The first flight of a Turkish pilot occurred few months later, in August 2018.

In the meanwhile several of U.S. congressmen had urged the U.S. administration to suspend the procurement of these fighters to Turkey because of the latter’s decision to buy Russian S-400 advanced air defense systems: there was widespread concern that the Turkish procurement could give Moscow access to critical details about the way their premiere surface-to-air missile system performs against the new 5th generation aircraft.

The U.S. eventually removed Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program in July 2019, following Ankara’s acceptance of the S-400 Russian-made air defense system.

Back to Greece, we mentioned the Greek interest in a squadron of 24 F-35A 5th generation aircraft, “possibly from 2024 or at the end of the deliveries of the Rafale and the upgrade of the F-16”, when we reported about the acquisition of 18 Dassault Rafale fighter jets for the Hellenic Air Force in September. Now, it looks like the F-35 procurement has had an acceleration.

That being said, if confirmed, the procurement will be a Government to Government process and should take some time to complete. For this reason, the delivery of the jets next year claimed in the most recent media reports seems a bit optimistic. However, we’ll see.