Greece ready to upgrade its F-16 fleet to the Viper level

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In the following month Greece will receive the response from the LoR towards Locheed Martin for the upgrade of its F-16 fleet to the latest Viper level. The upgrade program is structured in a modular way with various options for the different block 30/50/52/52+ Adv which are currently in service with the Hellenic Airforce.

The main goal is to upgrade almost the whole fleet to a common level including the avionics, telecommunication equipment like Link 16 and a new APX-126 IFF interogator, the sensors (radar and IRST pods), the compatible weapons ( HARM, JDAM, JSOW, JSM as option) while structural upgrading the airframes and repairing and overhauling current engines installed.

Due to the existence of the block 52+ and block 52+ Advanced versions which were aqcuired after 2000 there is a tendency to upgrade those latest Peace Xenia III and IV aircrafts to the Viper level and re-use most of the existing parts like the APG-68V9 radar and the avionics to upgrade the older fleet of blk 50 and blk 30 aircrafts.

Hellenic Airforce F-16 inventory comprise of the following: (περισσότερα…)


Why Turkey is picking a fight with Greece(10/2/17)

The neo-nationalist partners of Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who played a key role in orchestrating the abortive coup of July 15 to benefit political masters now have a new plan in the works: belligerent posturing with neighboring Greece over disputed claims in the Aegean Sea.

The surprise visit of Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, an Erdoğan loyalist, to the Aegean islets of Kardak (Imia), accompanied by the commanders of the land, naval and air forces, has all the hallmarks of this sinister plot and has nothing to do with the Greek courts refusing to turn over soldiers who are alleged to have been involved in a coup attempt. This is much bigger than the court case, and I’m afraid the Turkish Islamists, in cooperation with neo-nationalists in the army and intelligence agency, are set to escalate the tension with Greece. (περισσότερα…)

‘Secret’ History of the Greek Crisis


The past may be prologue, but it is first necessary to know what that past is, a growing problem in a modern age when so much is miswritten, misunderstood or forgotten. This dilemma of “secret” history is now a factor in the Greek debt crisis, says ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk.

By William R. Polk*

After all the press reports on Greece in recent weeks, can there be any secrets? Yes, there are. Indeed, I suggest that, even though the press indicates that the Greeks have given in to most of the demands of their creditors, the underlying (or secret) realities are likely to resurface in the detailed negotiations to follow in the coming days and weeks. (περισσότερα…)

“Wir shaffen das” said the terrorist


By Tassos Symeonides
Academic Advisor  

Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt-Sun Tzu, The Art of War     

… there is such a distance between how one lives and how one ought to live, that anyone who abandons what is done for what ought to be done achieves his downfall rather than his preservation.-Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Recent events: (περισσότερα…)

7 dirty words in the EU migration debate


How to know when it’s ‘illegal’ to talk about ‘refoulement.’ By LAURENSCERULUS

The battle over the EU’s migration policy has been a war of words as well as policies and politics. Even after months of summitry and scaremongering, a lot of people are confused about what the words actually mean.

Are people being relocated or resettled? What’s the difference between a political hotspot and a migration hotspot? What exactly is refoulement and how can one push back against it? (περισσότερα…)

Crisis? What migration crisis?


The EU’s troubles have, time and again, led Brussels to stretch its already weak democratic legitimacy.

The most over-used word in the European Union’s idiosyncratic lexicon is “crisis.” When Europe’s national leaders convene in Brussels on Monday for a summit meeting with Turkey, they will be discussing not simply migration, but “the migration crisis.” (περισσότερα…)

Economist : An actual Grexit


WHEN Panagiotis Korfoksyliotis set up a business in Athens in 2011, ferrying tourists around by car, he hoped to do his bit to help Greece emerge from its deep recession. He says he paid his staff a decent wage and declared all his earnings. Unfortunately, the taxman did not repay the kindness. Sharp increases in business taxes have prompted Mr Korfoksyliotis to pack his bags and move his company and his life to Bulgaria. Now he employs drivers to take foreign visitors around that country’s tourist spots instead. (περισσότερα…)

Battle Over the Aegean: The Undeclared Greco-Turkish Air War



**MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 15:21 18.02.2016(updated 16:12 18.02.2016) 

On February 15, six Turkish fighter jets and a Navy transport plane violated Greek airspace over island territories in the eastern Aegean Sea nearly two dozen times. Commenting on the latest violation, Russian military analyst Alexei Kupriyanov decided to take a look back at the recent history of the decades-long conflict between Athens and Ankara.


‘They know how it’s done’: Turkey violated Greek airspace 2,244 times in 2014 alone

ILE PHOTO: A Greek Air Force officer operates the radar of a Patriot air defence missiles at Tatoi air base, north of Athens © Yiorgos Karahalis / Reuters
A Greek Air Force officer operates the radar of a Patriot air defence missiles at Tatoi air base, north of Athens July 27, 2004. Dozens of new Pac 3 (Patriot Advanced Capability) missiles were armed and in position at three locations around Attica basin providing an air defence umbrella over the Greek capital as part of a massive security plan to safeguard the upcoming Athens 2004 Olympic Games. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis 
Turkish claims that the downed Russian Su-24 jet “violated” its airspace have sparked outrage among Greeks, who took to social media to say it is a clear-cut case of double standards as Turkish jets breached Greek airspace 2,244 times in 2014 alone.