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  • Turkish Coast Guard Vessel Intercepted Hellenic CG Boat
    Turkish Coast Guard Vessel Intercepted Hellenic CG Boat March 7 2020
    The Hellenic Coast Guard increased its activities in the Aegean to intercept irregular migration. Greek element violated Turkish borders during mission. In order to intervene irregular migration, ΛΣ-618 (LS-618) tried to push the boat carrying irregular migrants to Turkish borders during the interception task. Meanwhile, the boat violated the Turkish Territorial Waters. TCSG 905 intercepted and accompanied it to outside the Turkish borders by av...
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? February 3 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean
    The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean January 31 2020
    Greece's parliament approved an updated Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement, with the U.S. The updated deal was initially signed in October during a visit by Mike Pompeo. Speaking before the vote in the Greek parliament, Yannis Lambropulos, a member of the conservative New Democracy Party, said, "We are appealing to the support of our allies at a time when we are exposed to threats to our sovereignty." The U.S. is also granted priority status for "unimpeded acces...
  • Greek Kiowa Warriors' First Live Fire
    Greek Kiowa Warriors' First Live Fire January 31 2020
    An important phase was left behind in the operational process of OH-58D armed reconnaissance helicopters of Hellenic Army, which were procured from the USA by donating. With the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, which are expected to increase significantly to the armed reconnaissance and observation capabilities of the Hellenic Army, the first live fire training of Greek personnel was carried out on January 29. The live fire activities of the platforms assigned to the 1st Army ...
  • Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots
    Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots January 27 2020
    Due to the oil and gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean and the increased Turkish Navy existence in the region, Greek Cypriots have decided to increase its missile capability. According to veteranos.gr publishing in Greece, the Greek Cypriot  government decided to increase its air and coastal defence capability. Accordingly, the coastal MM40 Exocet surface-to-surface missiles on the island will be modernised. What kind of improvements will be made withi...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens
    Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens January 22 2020
    After more than ten years absence, Greece returns to international defence exhibitions, by the organisation of DEFEA-Defence Exhibition Athens. The organisation got in contact with Greek Defence ministry for the official invitation of Turkey, C4Defence learned. DEFEA will take place in Athens, from 22 to 24 June 2020 at the Metropolitan Expo. It is organised by ROTA SA and the Union of Greek Manufacturers of Defence Material (SEKPY). It is under the auspices of the Ministry of Natio...
  • Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean
    Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean January 22 2020
    Turkey and Greece, which are experiencing high tensions in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, met in the eastern Mediterranean. In addition to the Aegean sea and airspace disputes, Turkey and Greece experiencing high tensions between them due to natural gas parcels in the Mediterranean. Although high tensions, both countires performed joint exercises in the eastern Mediterranean. Two Passing Exercise (PASSEX) were held on January 19th and 20th in order to increase situa...
  • Greece Ships Patriot to Saudi Arabia
    Greece Ships Patriot to Saudi Arabia January 16 2020
    According to Greece base internet publication Militaire News, Greece will send  Greek Patriot to Saudi Arabia. The demand is coming through the US who want to create a "multinational umbrella" in-country. The Greek Foreign Ministry has responded to that request. Greek Patriots will not engage in Saudi Arabia's conflicts with countries in the region. The Saudis will bear the financial cost of the shipment.
  • Greece cornering itself with F-35
    Greece cornering itself with F-35 January 4 2020
    Greece’s one of most selling newspaper Ta Nea wrote Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ desire to acquire F-35 aircraft. "If the fiscal conditions allow, we will seriously consider buying the F-35 because it is the most up-to-date and up-to-date market." With this phrase at the established celebration lunch with reporters, Kyriakos Mitsotakis put officially on the table the issue of reinforcing Air Force with the 5th generation American fighter aircraft F-35. O...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards
    Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards December 20 2019
    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the US, and he is expected to discuss building US Ships in Greek shipyards. Navy is in discussions with the US on its frigates cogeneration, on the platform of American frigates LCS (Freedom-class littoral combat ship) The proposal seems to meet the requirements set by the Navy for the development of a new vessel, based on the US LCS platform, but with Greek demands being met and at a more economical price than the French...
  • Israeli military visits Greek Cyprus
    Israeli military visits Greek Cyprus November 27 2019
    Chief of Israeli Armed Forces Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi Visited Greek Cyprus on Nov. 26th. Kochavi met with National Guard Chief general Elias Leontaris. According to Greek Cypriot daily veteranos.gr the topic of bilateral meeting was recent developments in the “wider Anatolian region”. Daily stated that military cooperation for 2020 was another topic.
  • 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...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates October 28 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • 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...
  • Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52
    Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52 September 30 2019
    Greek Cyprus will show off its new acquisition the Serbian NORA B-52 Self Propelled Gun-Howitzer. Greek Cypriot administration will celebrate “the 59th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Cyprus” in accordance with the “anniversary”, National Guard will show off its new acquisition Serbian NORA B-52 cannons.  Serbian Foreign Minister Alexander Vulin will attend the ceremony.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • S-400 is not the Only Issue; Still Don’t Get It? April 26 2019
    The crisis caused by the supply of advanced S-400 air defence system from Russia is a reflection of concerns beyond borders, with respect to Turkey’s pursuit of national technology. For a child to have born in Turkey in mid-1950s, the country represented a magical identity in 1960s…   It was then, we first learned about an island called CYPRUS, as our parents showed us its location on the maps appearing in the front pages of dailies. For a generation at t...
  • 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...
  • Greek Helicopters Landed on Egyptian LHD
    Greek Helicopters Landed on Egyptian LHD March 24 2019
    According to Naval Analyses, Greek CH-47 Chinook and Apache helicopters landed on Egyptian Mistral-class LHD. Greek and Egyptian military forces attended on bilateral joint exercise “Medousa 6” from June 23 to 29, 2018. The Hellenic Armed Forces participated with two frigates, one submarine, eight F-16 fighters, one AWACS, one Super Puma SCAR helicopter, one Chinook carrier helicopter, two Apache attack helicopters, and SOF team The Egyptian Armed Forces with one Mistral-clas...
  • 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...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R February 14 2019
    The Hellenic Navy plans to procure four Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from Sikorsky, according to a written statement to the Parliament made by Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. According to statement, the four helicopters will be procured through a Foreign Military Sale and a government-to-government agreement. The new MH-60Rs will replace AgustaBell AB-212ASW platforms. The Hellenic Navy currently operates a fleet of 11 S-70B/B-6 Aegean H...
  • RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus
    RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus February 7 2019
    The British Tornado fighter aircraft are decommissioned after 40 years of operation in UK air base in Cyprus Island. The last three Tornado that had stayed at the Cape base in Greek Cyprus departed yesterday for their final flight, returning to the UK and specifically to Marham Airbase in Norfolk. The other five Tornado in recent years in Greek Cyprus had returned to the same base on Monday. The Tornado was put into service by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in 1979 and ha...
  • 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...
  • Joint Air Exercise: Greek Cyprus and Israel
    Joint Air Exercise: Greek Cyprus and Israel December 20 2018
    Greek Cyprus and Israel have completed joint air force exercise “ONSHELL - GENDER 2/2018”. According to a statement from Greek Cypriot Ministry of Defence, the exercise took place within the “Nicosia Flight Control Area” where Greek Cypriot personnel from National Guard, and various types of aircraft from Israeli Air Force joined the exercise.  The purpose of the exercise was to train staff on tactics and ways to develop aviation, to increase combat capabilities a...
  • 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...
  • Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10
    Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10 November 4 2018
    Greek Cyprus issued NAVTEX,  for the area of ​​Plot 10 for drilling by EXXON MOBIL and Qatar Petroleum. According to NAVTEX 364/18, the Greek Cypriot administration has announced Navtex for the period from 10 November 2018 to 25 February 2019 for the drilling of the Stena IceMax floating drill that is currently on its way to Cyprus Island from the Canary Islands. The Stena IceMax floating drill is expected to arrive on November 12th, and preparations for drilling will...
  • 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...
  • Greek Cyprus Minister Fires Milan Anti-Tank Missile
    Greek Cyprus Minister Fires Milan Anti-Tank Missile October 12 2018
      Greek Cypriot Defence Minister Savvas Aggelidis fired an anti-tank missile during his visit to security forces. Minister Angelidis attended the Anti-Battalion exercise and he made a shot with a portable anti-tank missile Milan.  Minister Aggelidis is a lawyer. Cyprus is divided in two between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots since Greek and Greek Cypriot joint attempt to conquer all island in 1974. Greek Cyprus claims full sovereignty on island but...