Joint training exercises at the Andravida Air Base was held by the Greek Air Force and their Indian counterparts on March 27. The exercises included two PA F-4E fighter aircrafts and Mirage 2000 fighter jets, Rank X reported.
The joint training is part of the Greek military's state aim of strengthening cooperation with friendly countries, such as India.
The exercises included defence interception, low-sea flight and virtual attacks on surface targets. This contributes to the level of operational readiness and combat capability of the Armed Forces of Greece and India.
It is also noted that the two countries will seal their military cooperation with the participation of the Indian Air Force, for the first time, in the Multinational Exercise "Iniochos 2023" with Su-30 Aircraft. This exercise will be held from 24 April to 05 May 2023.
The continuous expansion of the "Iniochos" Exercise and the increase of its operational value attracts the interest of friends, partners and allies, who every year increase their participation in it, making it a pole of attraction and a field for the exchange of valuable operational training experiences.
Iniochos 23 is an annual Greek study. It includes live flying. During these flights, the participating aircraft go through the full range of missions in complex operational and congested environments.
These flights include a countermeasure against a ground-based air defense system, through its identification and conditional engagement. Indian and Greek pilots are also expected to jointly attack enemy ground positions accompanied by effective combat search and rescue.
For years, this Greek teaching has been one of the most attractive in Europe and the Balkans. All involved are subjected to an intense combat rhythm. It is accompanied by numerous scenarios and tactics in the air and on the ground. Missions are completed in real-time.
In this way, participating Air Forces in the exercise build joint operational capabilities, building a strong and sustainable force.
The involvement of the Indian Air Force should not be surprising. In 2020, to respond to the newly inflamed Turkey-Pakistan axis, India and Greece signed an agreement for joint cooperation in the field of both military production and joint military training.
In 2020, Turkey opened several fronts around itself. This included Libya, Syria, and Nagorno-Karabakh. Pakistan supported Turkish efforts and this worried Greece, whose proxy conflict with the Turks has been going on for decades.
Turkish President Erdogan’s nationalistic remarks were also taken into account in Athens.
All this reached a logical conclusion to deepen the military cooperation between India and Greece. Particular emphasis is placed on the fact that the two countries are expected to exchange experience, know-how, and technology in military production.