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  • Russia Deployed S-300
    Russia Deployed S-300 December 4 2019
    The Soviet Union began working on the S-300 semi-mobile system in 1967 to replace the S-25 Berkut (NATO code: SA-1 Guild) air defence missiles. The modernized variant of the system S-300PM2, which is currently in the inventory of countries such as China, Greece and India, has gone on combat alert in the Voronezh Region in Russia’s southwest. Under Russia’s program of rearmament with upgraded types of military hardware, the air defence missile regiment received S-300PM2. ...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating November 14 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • The Naval Period of Turkey
    The Naval Period of Turkey October 21 2019
    The Naval Security Centre of Excellence, established by the Turkish Naval Forces in 2012, has won a multinational structure. The centre became NATO's authority training agency on maritime safety. Navy Command shared the last-minute development from his social media accounts and featured on the corporate website. The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding for Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence was signed in Norfolk, the USA with the participation of represent...
  • Greece Searching for Radar: Telemachus
    Greece Searching for Radar: Telemachus October 20 2019
    Greek internet website “Militaire” broadcasted news a need for radar against Turkey. Turkish Unmanned Aerial Vehicles continually flying in the Aegean Sea Militaire explained and underlined the discomfort for Greek Navy at Parmenion exercise. It was written that Turkish UAVs were constantly observing the movements of the Greek Navy, and stated the need for radar to detect drones was very clear. The publication highlighted the Telemachus / Telemaxhus radar on which the Hellenic Aer...
  • Green Light from Greece to France
    Green Light from Greece to France October 15 2019
    Greece has been looking for new frigates in its inventory. While talking about the procure of Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates who retired in the Australian Navy, it was on the agenda to focus on France’s multi-purpose Belharra frigates. Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said he had signed a statement of intent for the acquisition with his French counterpart. Panagiotopoulos, adding that there was “a long way to go” before an agreement is reached on the requ...
  • Yaycı's Theory Became a Book
    Yaycı's Theory Became a Book September 5 2019
    Greece-based internet "On Alert" website has published news about Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Cihat Yayci’s theory on Turkey's the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. The inscription of "Blue Homeland theory and Turkey's demand for the Eastern Mediterranean” are now finding a place in the Navy’s book. Anyone interested may buy from the Maritime Museum bookstores or you can buy online" was said. Freelance journalist in Istanbul Manolis Kostidis said ...
  • Egypt Will Receive More than 90 BMP-1 Armoured Vehicles from Greece
    Egypt Will Receive More than 90 BMP-1 Armoured Vehicles from Greece August 28 2019
    Hellenic Defence Systems (ΕΒΟ-PYRKAL) has contracted to rebuild 92 surplus BMP-1 armoured vehicles of the Greek Army, donated by Greece to Egypt. The contract, which will last for 26 months, will be executed entirely at the ESA Mandra plant. Agreement between the two countries was already announced in September 2016.  The Greek version of the BMP-1A1 GR, which originally belonged to East Germany, was equipped with a US M2 Browning machine gun.
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? August 2 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • Greece Wants to Procure Belharra
    Greece Wants to Procure Belharra July 27 2019
    France and Greece are actively working on a Government-to-Government agreement for the procurement of two Belharra frigates for the Hellenic Navy. Laurent Mourre, Vice President of Sales for Europe and North America, explained that Greece is “very interested” in the Belharra. In January 2009, Greece announced the beginning of exclusive talks with France for the potential procurement of 6 multi-missions frigates. This contract never came into effect because of the economic crisis t...
  • Greece to get Romeo
    Greece to get Romeo July 13 2019
        The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $600 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12, 2019. The Government of Greece has requested to buy up to seven MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters equipped with 10 APS-l 53(V) Multi-Mode R...
  • Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2
    Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2 July 11 2019
      The European Defence Agency (EDA) is preparing to launch a programme in 2020 for four member states to upgrade or procure Leopard 2A7 equivalents. EDA is in final consultations with member states Greek Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Spain to launch a programme in 2020 to modernise or procure Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) fleets. According to the agency, the effort will aim at upgrading to Leopard 2A7 equivalents or acquiring them. The program will involve approximately 200 L...
  • Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft May 23 2019
      Greece received first modernized P-3 Orion Maritime patrol aircraft. Senior officials from the Greek Ministry of National Defence, the Hellenic Air Force, Navy and Army, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industries participated in a ceremony for the delivery of the first modernized P-3b Orion. Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony at HAI’s facility near Athens, Greece, for the delivery of the first P-3B maritime patrol aircraft (interim solu...
  • OH-58D Reached Greece
    OH-58D Reached Greece May 17 2019
    USA and Greece have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance 16 months ago and the Security Assistance Command has delivered first bacth of 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and one Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. The Hellenic army acquired the helicopters through an Excess Defence Articles program grant. USASAC executes EDA cases for the Army. The excess helicopters had been in long-term storage at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance an...
  • US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35
    US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35 April 5 2019
    Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Vice Admiral Mathias W. “Mat” Winter, told U.S. lawmakers that “future potential Foreign Military Sales customers (for the F-35) include Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain and Poland.” Confronting with Turkey, for S400 Air Defence System, The United States is considering expanding sales of LM’s F-35 fighter jets to five new nations including Romania, Greece and Poland as European allies bulk up their defences in th...
  • Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise
    Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise March 30 2019
    The Greek Air Force has shared information and image from its official web site, about Iniochos 2019 (Unique 2019) Exercise. In one of the published images, the F-35A fighter from the Italian Air Force landed at Andravida Air Base in Greece to take part in the Iniochos 2019 exercise. Italy has announced that it will send six F-35s to the drill. Israel, Jordan, the US Air Force and the South Cyprus Greek Administration will participate in the exercise. Unique 2019  will begin on April 1 a...
  • Israel, Greece Constructing New Radar System on Crete
    Israel, Greece Constructing New Radar System on Crete March 20 2019
    Israel and Greece are building a new marine radar system in eastern Crete, according to a recent report in the Greek daily Kathimerini. The paper said the new surface radar will be able to track at long range, beyond the horizon, and both Israel and Greece will have access to its enhanced coverage. At the top is the Long Horizon radar, which will be built in eastern Crete and will provide the opportunity to watch all that is happening in the Eastern Mediterranean, both in Greece and Israel. A...
  • Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise
    Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise March 13 2019
    The F-35A Lightning II fighter jets of the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) will participate in the UNIQUE 2019 air force drill, which will begin on 1 April 2019. Italy will send its all six F-35A fighters to join the drill and they will carry Luneburg radar reflectors during their transition to and from the Andravida Airbase as well as throughout their participation in the exercise. The Luneberg radar reflector increases radar cross section (RCS) of aircraft. This precautio...
  • Why did Greeks Relapse into Fear of Turks? January 10 2019
    Although military staff and analysts of Turkish and Greek armies have been constantly evaluating the balance of power, the issue drew public attention following a program in Greece’s Blue Sky TV. Against the background of this and similar news, lies the requirement to obtain resources for Greek Army’s modernisation. Put simply, Greece chants the slogan of “Turks are Coming”, in order to garner financial support from the people. Appearing in the Blue Sky TV ch...
  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16
    Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 December 22 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as pa...
  • Greek Minister Trusts in Crowdfunding For New Warships
    Greek Minister Trusts in Crowdfunding For New Warships December 7 2018
    Greece's defence minister Panos Kammenos is appealing to his austerity-battered country folk for a crowdfunding effort to raise money for new warships, promising to donate part of his own salary. Panos Kammenos says he will open a bank account on Jan. 1 where members of the public can make donations "for new frigates and a flagship." "I will be the first to deposit my salary in this effort," he said, speaking to navy personnel on the occasion of Thursday'...
  • Israel Will Keep Greek Helicopters Running
    Israel Will Keep Greek Helicopters Running November 29 2018
    Greek-Israeli Defence and Technical Cooperation Working Group meet for 8th time in Athens on Thursday 22nd November. Greece's procurement program for Heron Block1 from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) / Malat was on discussion table. Greece will buy up to 7 Heron Block1 and 1 + 1 ground control stations for a total amount of € 35.5 million. Representatives of the Greek and Israeli sides discussed the maintenance of the T700-GE-401C engines of the eight S70B6 anti...
  • Greece Receives First Batch of OH-58D Kiowa Warrior in 2019
    Greece Receives First Batch of OH-58D Kiowa Warrior in 2019 November 20 2018
    According to Defencepoint.tr, Hellenic Army will receive the first batch of US surplus OH-58D Kiowa Warrior in the first quarter of 2019. Helicopters were acquired by Greece from the US Army for 44.15 million dollars. According to daily, components have already begun to arrive at the warehouses of the Hellenic Army in Agios Stefanos at the premises of 651 ABYP, while a helicopter has already been painted with Greek colours. Helicopters will be equipped with Mast Mounted Sight system abov...
  • Israel Studied on S-300 in Greece
    Israel Studied on S-300 in Greece November 2 2018
    The Israeli Air Force carried out a strange flight over Greece. The flight over Greece was carried out by an Israeli Eitam EW (electronic warfare) aircraft. Eitam was developed on the Gulfstream G550. Electronic attack and intelligence gathering trials were conducted against the S-300 systems with the aircraft’s intelligence gathering capability. Information was collected on S-300 air defence system's tracking radar lock-on system. In addition, a number of trials were carr...
  • Greek Apaches in Cyprus Island
    Greek Apaches in Cyprus Island October 28 2018
    Greek Cypriot Administration web site published photos from “Exercise of co-operation between Cyprus and Greece.” The website announced that that, “Within the framework of the military cooperation between Cyprus and Greece, a co-operation on ground and airborne instruments took place on October 26, 2018 at the Kalo Chorio Fire Brigade. The ultimate goal of the exercise was to maintain and enhance operational capabilities with the appropriate training of personnel o...
  • Greece Denies Harresment Accusations
    Greece Denies Harresment Accusations October 20 2018
    Greece denied harassing Turkish Petroleum Inc.'s operating Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha vessel. The ship conducts studies in Eastern Mediterranean. According to information obtained from Turkish sources, Greek Nikiforos Focas frigate harassed Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha ship. Upon this, elements of the Turkish Navy Command blocked the Greek warship harassing the research vessel and put the Turkish ship in close protection. The Greek press denied allegations of harassment of the ship. G...
  • Greece Requests Surplus Amphibious Vehicles, AAV-7A1 October 16 2018
    Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos asked US armoured amphibious vehicles according to Greekpoint defence publication. Greekpoint claims that Kammenos’ visit to Defence Secretary James Matis in the Pentagon gave opportunity to request surplus US vehicles. Greece wants granted amphibious armoured vehicles in order to replace the obsolete and operationally inadequate dump-free (ABAK) vehicles currently used by the 32 Marine Brigade. The choices currently availab...
  • Ancient EW Suite to Greece
    Ancient EW Suite to Greece September 27 2018
    Greece has decided to take action to respond to an important need of the Hellenic Air Force, albeit late. With this decision, an electronic warfare suite will be integrated into 60 F-16C / D Block 52+ aircraft belonging to Greece. The integration of the Greek F-16s with the electronic warfare protection system will be achieved after a long wait. Development phase of the ASPIS II system started in 1990, which was completed in 2003 and ready for integration,. The ASPIS II suite, consi...
  • Greece Developed TELEMACHOS Surveillance Radar September 22 2018
    The first Greek design, development and construction of the TELEMACHOS surveillance radar will be presented publicly by the Hellenic Aviation Industry (DAB) on Saturday and Sunday at the Tanagra International Air Show 2018. The TELEMACHOS surveillance radar is a 100% Greek product developed by Greek scientists and consists of a radar, a day / night electro-optical sensor (thermal camera), the tripod on which the radar and the electro-optical system and a portable control station wit...
  • Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade
    Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade September 15 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced that it will launch the upgrade of 85 Greek F-16 fighter jets with the Block 70/72 Viper system next Monday.  Lockheed Martin’s VP Business Development Initiatives in Europe Dennys Plessas made the announcement during a press conference in Thessaloniki. Plessas explained the timetable of the upgrade and said that “a great part of the upgrade will take place in Greece.”  The first two years will be spent on engineering f...
  • US Considering Boosting Military Presence in Greece September 6 2018
    The US is exploring the possibility of increasing the numbers of drills and troops in Greece, which could lead to enhanced intelligence efforts in nearby hotspots according to Russian Sputnik. Greek officials are considering expanding US access to additional bases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters in Athens on Tuesday. Quoting Pentagon's internal news service, Stars and Stripes, the US military has already "taken advantage&q...
  • Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender
    Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender July 27 2018
    Bulgarian Ministry of Defence issued a draft of the Request for Proposal (RfP). According to the draft, Bulgaria will supply 16 fighter aircraft. Greece was one of the strongest candidates but didn't take place in seven country list. In June this year, Bulgaria approved a military modernization program worth 3.5 billion Levas. The portion of this budget of 1.8 billion Leva is divided for 16 fighter aircraft procurement. Aircrafts will be supplied in two ...
  • Romania to Procure Additional F-16's
    Romania to Procure Additional F-16's July 17 2018
    Romania plans to supply additional F-16 Fightin Falcon. Romanian Defence Minister Mihai Fifor announced that Romania plans to procure five additional F-16 from Portugal. Stating that the supply of 36 F-16s in the next period is also on the table, Fifor said that these aircraft could be procured from the USA, Israel or Greece. In October 2017, Romania received 12 F-16s from Portugal. F-16s procured from Portugal have a life span of 4,000 flight hours which wi...
  • NATO starts Montenegro air patrols
    NATO starts Montenegro air patrols May 30 2018
    NATO Allies Italy and Greece will begin NATO air patrols over Montenegro on 5 June 2018. Montenegro joined NATO in June last year. As the country does not have its own fighter planes, it has asked Allies to help secure its airspace. NATO air policing missions protect the skies of those Allies that do not have their own air force. There are currently several of these air policing missions across Europe.
  • 60 Years of Phantom
    60 Years of Phantom May 27 2018
    F-4 Phantom II is celebrating its 60th birthday. The F-4 Phantom II, developed by McDonnel Douglas for the US Navy, has a distinct place in the hearts of both pilots and aviation enthusiasts. The F-4 Phantom II put it’s signature to the skies with it’s grandeur, iconic view and sound of engines and  put it’s signature to the history with the losses, achievements and victories. The aircraft made the maiden flight on May 27, 1958. The F-4 Phantom, one of the mos...
  • Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1)
    Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1) May 11 2018
    At a time when Russia, thanks to its Cold War behaviour, drives the rest of the world towards anxiety and new strategies, NATO once again assumes importance as an old and friendly assembly. Born as a counterforce to the rising Soviet threat in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, what were the dynamics upon which NATO was built? Was this a timeless collective defence attempt without a shelf life; or was it programmed to last so long as the threat endured? NATO is based o...
  • 'Sea Shield 18' Began in Black Sea
    'Sea Shield 18' Began in Black Sea May 4 2018
    The Sea Shield 18, an annual Romania-led multinational exercise in the Black Sea, started today with participation of 21 military ships, 10 combat aircraft and a submarine. more than 2,300 troops from Bulgaria, Greece, the United Kingdom, Romania, Spain, the United States, Turkey and Ukraine will implement NATO standard procedures to combat asymmetric, aerial, submarine and maritime threats, the Romanian Navy announced. The exercise will take place until 11 May.  
  • KYSEA Approves F-16 Upgrade by US
    KYSEA Approves F-16 Upgrade by US May 2 2018
    According to Greek daily Kathimerini, Greece’s Council on Foreign Policy and Defence (KYSEA) unanimously approved the upgrade of 85 F-16 fighter jets by the US. The main obstacle to the deal was disagreements with US aerospace firm Lockheed Martin over the program’s launch date and the tight payment schedule.  The upgrade will concern 84 Block 52+ and Block 52+Adv aircraft, which will be upgraded to F-16V Block 72 standard with a Northrop Grumman APG-83 Scalabl...
  • Croatia to Buy F-16 from Israel
    Croatia to Buy F-16 from Israel March 30 2018
    Croatia is set to buy a squadron of used F-16 fighter jets from Israel to modernize its military, announced on 27 March. The country has launched a tender last year to replace its outdated Russian-made MiG-21s and received offers from Greece, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.  The deal to buy 12 already used F-16 jets, worth $500 million according to media reports, has yet to be confirmed by the government. However, the defence council revealed that ...
  • Typhoon Deployed in Greece For The First Time
    Typhoon Deployed in Greece For The First Time March 20 2018
    The UK Royal Air Force has sent six Typhoon aircraft to Greece to take part in the Medium-sized Multinational Aviation Exercise Iniochos. The exercise is run annually and is based at the Hellenic Air Force’s facilities at the Air Tactics Centre on the Andravida Air Base. The exercise will last for 15 days and the intention is to provide high-quality training, which is achieved by creating a realistic battle environment.  This is the first time that Typ...
  • Greece To Lease Heron UAVs
    Greece To Lease Heron UAVs February 8 2018
    Greece will lease seven Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under a €35,5 million contract.  According to Greek media reports, under the three-year contract between the Greek Ministry of Defence and Israel, €16,5 million will be paid in the first year and €9,5 million in each of the subsequent two years of the lease. The agreement also covers training services.