Since the end of the 80s, the Hellenic Air Force has organized every year Iniochos exercise, intended to improve the interoperability of its units with those of its allies. But this year's exercise, designated Iniochos 2021, takes on a much larger dimension than in previous years, while tensions between Ankara and Athens remain very high. Therefore, for the Greek authorities, this exercise appears as a way to bring together its closest allies, and to show its Turkish counterparts that, far from being isolated, Greece can count on the support of powerful international partners, if the situation was deteriorating in the Aegean Sea.
For once, the allies of Athens have made the trip, sometimes in force, to come and participate in this exercise this year. The United States, traditional partners, has dispatched four F-16s, as well as a tanker aircraft and a MALE Reaper drone system. Spain has dispatched an F / A 18 detachment, the United Arab Emirates its F16, Israel a detachment of F15 and F16, and Cyprus deploys an AW139 helicopter there. But it is the French detachment that undoubtedly marks the spirits, with no less than 6 Rafale B / C and 5 mirage 2000D from the Air and Space Army, as well as 5 Rafale M from the Naval Aeronautics , or 16 combat aircraft deployed simultaneously for a single exercise. Such an effort had not been observed for many years in France.
The rest of this article is for subscribers only
Every day, at least one article is published on Meta-Defense with a free access from 24 to 48 hours. 3 articles for free consultation are also available in the "Articles not to be missed" section. The other articles are reserved for subscribers. Articles published in the "Watch" section are reserved for professional subscribers.
Monthly subscription at € 5,90 per month - Personal subscription at € 49,5 per year - Professional subscription at € 180 per year - Student subscription at € 25 per year - Excluding promotional code -
Download theMobile Meta-Defense app for IOS or Android to be informed of new publications by notification.