Greece ‘used’ Indian BrahMos missile against Turkish warship

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An intriguing video recently surfaced on the Turkish TurDef platform, depicting a Greek military unit utilizing an Indian-produced Brahmos anti-ship cruise missile against a Turkish warship. This compelling piece of footage originated from Indian press outlets, suggesting that the South Asian nation may be looking to broker an arms deal with Greece by selling them these specific munitions. 

The Polish news outlet Defense24 reacted with surprise to this revelation, particularly regarding how the news unfolded. According to them, if Greece is indeed planning to enhance its defensive capabilities by purchasing Indian cruise missiles, they’re likely to opt for the land-based version mounted on a Tatra truck chassis. Such a choice could add significant firepower to the Greek military, serving not just against seaborne adversaries but also in engagements on dry land. 

Defense24 also notes that a successful foray into the global defense market by India would mean more than just financial gains. It would mark a significant boost to the country’s image and prestige as a producer of sought-after defense weaponry. Additionally, the strong diplomatic ties between India and Greece could potentially cement this relationship further. For instance, India might emerge as a prospective buyer of Greece’s used Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets, potentially replacing some of their older MiG-21 Bison aircraft.

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How and Why?

We must assess India’s intent to supply Greece with BrahMos anti-ship missiles by examining the mutual partners of both nations. In particular, two partners, Armenia and France, have drawn considerable attention recently. 

Having always been a staunch supporter of Greece, France has a lengthy history of providing it with a wide range of weaponry, from fighter planes to warships. The most recent notable contributions include FDI-HN frigates and Rafale fighter aircraft. However, India’s strategy differs slightly, veering towards collaboration in the defense sector. This has been more apparent since the 2000s when India began bolstering its own industry. 

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Following the conclusion of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2020, in favor of Azerbaijan, Armenia emerged as a new partner in the bloc. During this period, India began supplying Armenia with equipment such as Akash mid-range air defense missiles and MLRS. Azerbaijan’s victory was substantially facilitated by Turkey’s military backing, marked by defense equipment contributions and rigorous training sessions like the TURAZ Şahini exercise.

The position against Turkey

Armenia has entered into military cooperation agreements with Greece and France. The latter is planning to supply new military equipment. A common thread among these nations is their collective resistance against Turkey. Although India is geographically distant from Turkey, its position likely stems from Turkey’s close alliance with Pakistan. Interestingly, this coalition once included the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.  

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Interestingly, Turkey’s recent détente with the three Middle Eastern nations has prompted them to lean towards cooperation, as evidenced by their recent trade and defense agreements. In summary, the video not only highlights India’s eagerness to provide Greece with the BrahMos missile, but it also signals India’s alignment with Greece, Greek Cyprus, France, and Armenia, opposing Turkey and its regional allies.

The BrahMos

The BrahMos Anti-Ship Missile is a product of an Indo-Russian joint venture, named after the Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers in India and Russia respectively. The dimensions of the BrahMos missile are quite significant, with a length of approximately 8.4 meters and a diameter of about 0.6 meters. The missile has a two-stage propulsion system, with a solid propellant booster engine to get it off the ground and a liquid-fueled ramjet to sustain its supersonic speed. 

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The BrahMos has a maximum speed of Mach 3, or about 1,020 meters per second, making it one of the fastest cruise missiles in the world. The propulsion system of the BrahMos missile is unique. The first stage of propulsion is provided by a solid propellant booster, which gives the missile its initial velocity. The second stage involves a liquid ramjet, which takes over once the missile reaches supersonic speeds. This two-stage propulsion system is what allows the BrahMos to maintain its high speed and maneuverability. 

The BrahMos missile has a range of approximately 290 kilometers or about 180 miles. The BrahMos missile carries a conventional warhead weighing up to 300 kilograms, or about 660 pounds. The warhead is designed to maximize the destructive power of the missile, capable of causing significant damage to both naval and land-based targets.

In-depth “hidden” dialogue

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Amid the relentless media coverage of the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, other crucial discussions seem to fly under the radar. Evidently, Greece and India have seized this chance of distraction to engage in more comprehensive dialogue over recent months than throughout the entirety of 2023. BrahMos isn’t the only focal point of these conversations, particularly if rumors of India’s intention to sell missiles to Greece are true. However, it’s a double-edged sword. Rumors are also circulating that Athens may sell its operational Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets to New Delhi. 

The prominent Indian media organization, idrw.org, reported this intriguing news, quoting an undisclosed source. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that the General Chief of Staff of the Greek Defense Forces, General Dimitrios Houpis, recently visited India. According to idrw.org, Houpis proposed this fascinating offer to the Indian Ministry of Defence. 

The Mirage 2000-5 from Greece, produced by the esteemed Dassault Aviation, is a multi-role combat aircraft. It’s impressively built with a length of 14.36 meters and a wingspan of 9.13 meters. Standing at a height of 5.2 meters, this remarkable jet certainly commands attention. Its maximum take-off weight lies around 17,000 kilograms.

Same tricks

Should the recent video shared by the Indian side have taken Turkey by surprise? The simple answer would be ‘no’. Delving further, Ankara employed a similar strategic maneuver several years ago. The ever-broadening landscape of international political dialogue and military maneuvers is increasingly saturated with propaganda marketing around the globe. 

Looking back at BulgarianMilitary.com, we recall when Ankara acquired the S-400 and was put under the threat of expulsion from the F-35 Lightning II development and sales program by Washington. Subsequently, several Turkish media outlets started playing advertisement reels of the Russian Su-57 Felon fighter jet. This stirred quite a controversy. However, the pressure that Turkey hoped to exert on the US didn’t quite have the intended effect. Could we be looking at a similar scenario?

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