Around a dozen EF-18M fighter planes from the Air Force’s 12th and 15th Wings are already stationed at the Greek Air Force Base Andravida to take part in the largest aerial exercises in Europe this year, which also focus on Air Force Air Forces USA, France, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The exercise, organized by the Hellenic Air Force, will take place between April 12 and 22 using the Andravida missions bases for foreign participants, while the hosts will mainly use the Araxos facility. Many of the participants have already carried out familiarization flights on the stage on which Iniochos 21 will take place.
The exercise aims to improve combat readiness and ability while providing the opportunity to develop planning skills and conduct complex flight operations or composite air operations (COMAO) in a multinational environment of multinational joint forces.
The Spanish fighter jets flew from their respective bases in Torrejn (Madrid) and Zaragoza to Andravida between April 4th and 5th, where the personnel and material of both units also flew on board A400M transport aircraft of the 31st wing and in one of the Two Airbus A310s of the 45th Air Force Group have arrived.
On April 6, the F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter-bombers assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing (FW) and originating from the Aviano Air Force Base (northern Italy) landed on the aforementioned base.
France participates in the Dassault Aviation Rafale and Mirage 2000D fighter aircraft; United Arab Emirates with their F-16E / F; Cyprus with a SAR Leonardo AW139 helicopter; and the powerful aerospace division of the Israel Defense Forces or the Israel Defense Force (IDF), which will deploy their F-16I and F-15I. The Hellenic hosts take part with their F-16 and Mirage 2000 and also support early warning and control aircraft or Embraer EMB-145H (AEW & C) and a Lockheed Martin P-3 Orin. Canada may only be present as an observer.
The USAF will also provide a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft assigned to the 100 Air Refueling Wing, based in the Royal Air Force (RAF) Mildenhall. a remotely manned MQ-9 Reaper aircraft assigned to the 731st Expeditionary Assault Squadron, which will operate from a relatively cramped base in Campia Turzii, Romania; and a team of ground attack controllers, or Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC), serving the 2 is assigned to the Air Support Operations Squadron based in Vilseck (Germany). (Julio Maz Sanz)
Photo: Spanish Air Force EF-18.
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