Exercise “INIOCHOS” is an every year medium-scale exercising hosted by the Hellenic Air Force on the centers of the ATC (Air Tactics Center) at Andravida Air Base, positioned inside the Northwest Peloponnese, Greece.
As befell ultimate year, the 2019 version noticed the participation of several international locations (Greece, Italy, UAE, Israel, and the U.S.) with 3rd, 4th and, for the primary time, ever fifth Generation combat plane. Among the attendees, 6x Mirage 2000-9EAD/DAD belonging to the 86 Sqn of the UAE AF from Al Safran AB; 13x F-16C/D “Barak” with 109 and 117 Sqn Israeli AF from Ramat David; 6x Tornado (3x IDS and 3x ECR variations) from the sixth Stormo, Italian Air Force, based in Ghedi; 6x F-35A with the thirteen° Gruppo (Squadron) of the Italian Air Force from Amendola; 12x F-16C from 52nd FW from Spangdahlem; as well as some +30x F-16, 6x F-4E, 6x Mirage 2000 and 1x EMB-145H AEW&C belonging to diverse squadrons of the HAF.
Actually, other aircraft took part within the workout or supported the drills. For instance, one of the most interesting aircraft spotted at Andravida and leaving the base few hours after the thirteen Israeli F-16s left early in the morning on Friday, Apr. Five, changed into a white IAF Gulfstream G-V “Nachshon Shavit” airborne SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) plane serialled 679.
On Apr. 4, a formation of the plane taking part within the exercising accomplished flybys over Athens, Patras, and Andravida. The formation became led by means of a HAF Mirage 2000 and covered Italian Tornado IDS and F-35, HAF F-4E, IAF F-sixteen, and U.S. Air Force F-16C.
However, as mentioned above, the primary distinction from final year turned into the presence of a fifth era plane: the Italian F-35, at their first participation in a multinational exercising abroad.
“The revel in has been extremely good, due to the fact we had the possibility to make the most all competencies of the weapon device, acting each air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) and DEAD (Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses) missions,” “Driver”, the commander of the thirteen° Gruppo, commented after “INIOCHOS”.
“Due to the truth that it is a medium-scale workout, INIOCHOS 2019 presents the ItAF with an excessive degree of schooling and precise experience of participation. Firstly, the sort of weapon systems concerned within the workout is a widespread hazard that, obviously, it is not so common at some point of our day by day education. Moreover, we had the possibility to beautify cooperation within participating countries. Finally, INIOCHOS gives us the opportunity to carry out in a complicated situation a complete spectrum of missions including CAS (Close Air Support), DT (Dynamic focused on), SCAR ( Strike coordination and reconnaissance), OCA (Offensive counter air), IADS (Air Operations versus included Air Defence System) and DCA (Defensive Counter Air). All those types of missions had been achieved concurrently, at some point of an unmarried COMAO (Composite Air Operation),” told us the chief of the Italian detachment.
Interestingly, the F-35s flew side-to-facet with the Tornado ECR of the one hundred fifty five° Gruppo, a variant of the baseline “Tonka” geared up with electronic battle device and guns for the suppression of enemy air defences and for electronic and tactical reconnaissance, that the Lightning II is anticipated to replace inside the future. The Tornado ECRs did several SEAD and DEAD (Suppression/Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses) in a complex situation wherein Hellenic Land and Sea forces simulated to be enemy threats. In this context, so that you can make the situation extra tough and practical, and also to permit the crews to teach, those missions were executed with the usage of CATM-88B captive air education missiles.