General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
In a sign of its growing military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece last week launched the Medusa 9 joint military exercise with Egypt south of Crete and the Peloponnese, while Greek fighter jets prepare to take part in the multinational Blue Flag drill which begins on Sunday in the Uvda region of southern Israel.
A pair of Greek F-16 fighter jets on Friday escorted a US B-52 bomber operating in Syria as they flew over Cyprus, Kathimerini understands.
The three aircraft flew within the Nicosia FIR before parting ways, as the B-52 continued its track eastbound toward Syria. The Greek fighter jets returned to base on Souda Bay in Crete.
In an indication of Greece's commitment to support Cyprus, three Greek F-16 jets flew over the Eastern Mediterranean island on Thursday during a joint training exercise with the Cypriot National Guard dubbed Steel Arrow.
It came on the heels of a smaller exercise involving Cypriot forces and a French frigate earlier in the week.
Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets entered the Athens Flight Information (FIR) region on Thursday, flying at 28,000 feet above the Aegean islands of Oinousses and Panaghia.
According to the National Defense General Staff, the unauthorized overflights took place shortly before 10.30 a.m. and the Turkish were intercepted and chased off, according to the international rules of engagement.
Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets flew over the Anthropofagi and Makronisi chain of islets in the eastern Aegean the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) said Monday.
The two F-16 jets entered Athens' Flight Informational Region (FIR) without submitting a flight plan at 2.37 p.m. and 2.39 p.m.