Turkish analysts: Defeats in air battles with Greek Rafale, if F-16s are not modernized


Concern prevails in Anchor for Greek armament programwith Turkish analysts openly stating that especially the acquisition of French fighters Rafalmay change the balances in the Aegean and lead to defeats in air battles.

On CNN Turk, analysts say radar and meteor missiles have the ability to detect and strike Turkish fighters before they can even see them. They also explain that it is necessary for Turkey to modernize its F-16s in F-16 block 70, an upgrade that is already proceeding from Greece.

Read typical excerpts:

Hade Firat (journalist): Turkey will get good fighters. 40 new F-16 fighters and will upgrade another 80. This means that it will modernize its old fighters and use them comfortably for a long time.

Abdullah Agar (Defense and Security Specialist): This issue is vital for the Aegean. If the balance of power against us in the Aegean is lost, the possibility of defeat in air battles increases. As you know, Greece bought Rafale fighters whose greatest quality is their radars, on the other hand it procures Meteor missiles and these cause us concern.

Abdullah Agar (Defense and Security Specialist): We do not have such a modern fighter, but Greece has fighters that are equivalent to it. He has bought from France and continues. That’s why their purchase has value. If we do not get these aircraft, Greece will see our fighters before we see theirs. It will launch in front of us and hit our aircraft in front of us.

The “Blue Homeland” exercise begins

At the same time, Ankara is launching a military exercise called “Blue Homeland”, a name that refers to the redemptive theory developed in Turkey and expressed in maps that cover half the Aegean.

As part of the exercise, the departure of the Turkish fleet to the “three seas”, as they are characterized in Turkey, namely the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, begins today.

In the Turkish media, the exercise is presented as a sign of Turkey’s determination to protect the “Blue Homeland”.

More specifically, CNN Turk broadcast: “The pressure with Greece that sometimes increases in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, the tension in the Black Sea due to the war in Ukraine and the threat of mines. In such a period, the Turkish Armed Forces with the exercise “Blue Homeland” will show strength in three seas. The first exercise was held in 2019 and last year was held only in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. This year, the Black Sea will join. “And Turkey will show its determination to protect the ‘Blue Homeland’ from all threats.”

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