Athens, Greece – Greek S-300 missile systems are preparing to fire, and this has worried Turkey.
Exactly seven years ago, the Greek missile forces performed the first test and fired a missile from the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems purchased from Russia. Seven years after this test, Greece is ready to repeat the same against the background of the growing trend in the Mediterranean.
Long-standing confrontations with Turkey, Turkey’s airspace disruption and ongoing disputes over “ownership” of islands, territorial waters and the Mediterranean shelf are forcing Greece to buy two S-300 anti-aircraft missile batteries from Russia, complete with 96 48N6E1 and 12 missiles rocket launcher.
Greece is making a strategic decision and deploying new air defense systems in Crete, thus trying to thwart any attempts by Turkey to influence the region, both politically and militarily.
At the end of 2013, during the White Eagle exercise 2013, Greece tested the S-300 missile systems and reaped great success, as the systems managed to easily meet the set targets for neutralization.
Satellite images show that Greece has taken out and put into combat readiness S-300 missile systems – something that is a clear signal to Turkey that the Greeks are ready for two things: they will test again and are ready to respond to possible Turkish threat.
The Greek military is expected to perform another test of the S-300 this month. It is reported that the Russian Foreign Minister will arrive in Greece on October 26, which is a signal that perhaps during this period it is possible to take the tests, which are commented on by both the Greek and Turkish sides.
Turkey is also paying close attention to the fact that the Greeks are preparing to use the S-300 missile systems. The prolonged tension between the two countries in the Mediterranean this year is one of the main reasons for Greece to start planning for the launch of missiles from the S-300 missile silos in mid-2020. Greece’s decision makes logical sense, after only a few days ago the Turks made the first test of the S-400 purchased by Russia near the Black Sea.
The main problem is not the presence of S-300 air defense systems in the hands of the Greeks, but the fact that in recent years Greece may have upgraded and modernized the S-300 radar system and the missile system itself through the purchase of a new generation of missiles.
Another key point is that the activation of the Greek system is the fact that in this way Greece is again sending a clear message to Turkey that they are ready to use their air defense weapons if a Turkish F-16 violates Greece territory again.
Generally F-16s have no chance against the S-300 or S-400 missile systems, and in the event of a collision, the damage to the F-16s side will be catastrophic.