Thursday, November 12, 2009

Large Scale Airspace Violations Today

DefenceNet reports that many formations of Turkish Air Force fighters entered the Aegean today while participating in an exercise. This was the highest number of formations seen since the recent elections of 4 October. The scenario of the exercises was the engagement of naval targets and providing cover to smaller naval units.

Altogether 28 aircraft were divided into 8 formations while 2 more aircraft flew independently. Until recently the Turkish Air Force would not send more than 14 aircraft into the Aegean and in 2 formations.

In total there were 13 airspace violations while 6 Turkish aircraft were armed. There were no dogfights when intercepted by Greek fighters. One of the advantages of such large scale violations by the Turkish Air Force is that it tests the responses of the Greek side.

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