Radar lock from a Greek S-300 battery on Turkish F-16 fighters
ANKARA ($1=18.16 Turkish Liras) — Greece’s S-300 air defense battery, stationed on the island of Crete, placed a radar lock on Turkish F-16s flying reconnaissance missions in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.
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The S-300 long-range air defense system battery, located on the Greek island of Crete, has placed a radar lock on Turkish aircraft flying mission flights in the region. F-16s flying reconnaissance missions picked up the radar lock at 10,000 feet.
A country’s radar jamming of another country’s military aircraft is defined as a “hostile act” in NATO’s Rules of Engagement.
In addition, the S-300 is known to be a Russian-made air defense system. Another aspect of this event is that NATO member Greece has placed a radar lock on NATO-standard warplanes of a NATO member state with the Russian air defense system.
On August 23
As we reported on August 24 fighter jets linked to the Greek Air Force have placed radar locks on Turkish F-16s escorting US B-52 bombers as part of the NATO mission.
F-16 fighter jets from the 132nd Fleet Weapons and Tactics Command, located at the 3rd Main Jet Base Command in the Turkish Air Force Command, escorted US B-52s as part of the NATO mission.
During the operation conducted in Slovakian airspace to protect NATO’s eastern flank, Turkish F-16s were tasked with protecting American B-52s loaded with AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile munitions. However, during the said activity, combat aircraft associated with the Greek Air Force placed radar locks on Turkish F-16s on NATO duty.
According to the information received, there was an immediate response to the blockade by Turkish fighter jets, and the Greek combat aircraft were withdrawn from the region. Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense reported the incident to NATO authorities and the Greek military attaché was called to the ministry and responded.
Purchase of S-300 from Greece
The Greek Cypriot Administration [GCA] purchased the S-300 anti-missile system following an agreement with the Russian Federation in 1997.
Greece deployed S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems on the island of Crete and left them idle for a long time. After activating the S-300 system in 2013 following technical difficulties, Greece conducted a series of fire tests in the NATO and US Navy area of Crete.
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