Greece prepares to test Russia S-300 missiles – According to a report on Oct. 24, Greece is preparing to test its S-300 air defense system in response to Turkey’s testing of the S-400 air defense system, according to the Defense World website.
Greece Prepares To Test Russia S-300 Missiles in Response To Turkey’s Test-Firing of S400 Missiles
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – According to the report, Greece is preparing to test its Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, which is installed on the island of Crete. According to Turkish military satellite imagery, Greece has put the S-300 air defense missile system in operational readiness and may test it next week. Greece has recently upgraded its S-300 air defense system with more powerful radars and improved missiles.
According to another Turkish media report, the upgraded S-300 air defense missile system could be used against Turkey’s F-16 fighter jets. In an encounter in July, Turkey sent its F-16s, prompting Greece to ask France for Rafale fighters.
Greece purchased Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems in 1996, which could not be deployed in southern Cyprus under Turkish pressure, but was deployed in Crete in 1998. Greece also signed agreements with Russia in 1999 and 2004 for the acquisition of the Daur M1 and SA-8B air defense systems. These Russian-made air defense systems are all part of the current Greek air defense system.
Greece’s S-300 missile was originally developed for use against aircraft but has been upgraded to be capable of defending against ballistic missiles. The system’s radar is capable of tracking more than 100 targets simultaneously, locking on to up to six targets, and guiding up to 12 missiles to attack.
Test of S-400 missile fails, Turkish president hits back at the US
According to Turkish reports, Turkish Defense Minister Akar said that the procurement and testing of Russian S-400 air defense systems do not mean that Turkey is “out of step” with NATO. He confirmed that Turkey will continue to receive the systems ready for delivery as planned.
At the same time, Turkish President Erdogan made a statement about the US sanctions against the S-400 anti-aircraft missile: “These tests have already been carried out. What the United States does has nothing to do with us. We will not ask the US what to do. Greece has the S-300 system and they are using it. What is the U.S. comment on that?” The words were completely disdainful and even somewhat provocative of the United States.
Turkey’s S-400 missile test failed
Turkey’s most direct response to the U.S. was that Turkey began testing the S-400 anti-aircraft missile. But according to another report from the Russian media, Turkey failed to successfully test the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system purchased from Russia. The Russian side reported that the Turkish Air Force failed to test the S-400 anti-aircraft missile due to Turkey’s refusal to hire Russian military experts and military advisors.
According to the Russian side, the Turkish Air Force posted videos on social media showing the S-400 anti-aircraft missile being fired, but no explosion was found to hit an unmanned target aircraft.
Despite the threat of sanctions from the United States, the Turkish Air Force conducted tests of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile, which it purchased from Russia the previous year, indicating that the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system could indeed undermine NATO’s defenses.
Turkish authorities have yet to make any official statement on the missile launch, whether it was a success or a failure and have remained silent.
Russian anti-aircraft missile expert Avia said that from the footage taken and made public by Turkish users, no traces of the target’s flight were found and no explosion of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile’s warhead was detected.
In addition, according to Russian experts, the footage shows that the S-400 anti-aircraft missile took a straight line, indicating that it was not pointed at the target. Russian experts say that the S-400 anti-aircraft missile can only be tested on targets such as ballistic missiles or fighter jets, and not on small drones.
The Russians said it was clear that Turkey had poorly maneuvered the S-400 anti-aircraft missile and even showed it knowing that it could not hit the drone.
Turkey’s self-consciousness led to the S-400 test, to prove that it does not rely on the United States, NATO, and even Russia, such a capricious performance, I am afraid, and behind the rise of the “Great Ottoman” doctrine has inextricably linked.