Radar of a Greek S-300 missile system primarily based on the island of Crete locked on Turkish fighter jets, state media says.
Greek surface-to-air missiles locked on to Turkish F-16 fighter jets finishing up a reconnaissance mission in worldwide airspace, based on Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Company.
The allegation is the newest declare from Turkey that its neighbour and fellow NATO member Greece has been focusing on its plane above the Jap Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.
The radar of a Greek S-300 missile system primarily based on the island of Crete locked on to the Turkish jets on Tuesday, Anadolu reported on Sunday, citing defence ministry sources.
The F-16s have been at an altitude of three,000 metres (10,000 ft) to the west of Greece’s Rhodes island when the Russian-made S-300’s target-tracking radar locked on, the report added. The Turkish planes accomplished their mission and returned to their bases “regardless of the hostile setting”.
Radar lock-ons are thought-about an act of hostility underneath NATO guidelines of engagement.
Greek defence ministry sources dismissed the allegations. “Greece’s S-300 missile system has by no means put a lock on Turkish F-16 jets,” the sources mentioned, based on state-run Ert tv.
Final week, Turkey summoned the Greek navy attache and filed a criticism with NATO after Greek F-16s allegedly harassed Turkish F-16s conducting a mission for the alliance.
Anadolu reported the Greek pilots put Turkey’s plane underneath a radar lock over the Jap Mediterranean. Turkey “gave the mandatory response” and compelled the planes to go away the world, Anadolu mentioned, with out elaborating.
Greece rejected the Turkish model of occasions. Its defence ministry mentioned 5 Turkish jets appeared with out prior notification to accompany a flight of US B-52 bombers – which had not been on account of have a fighter escort – by an space topic to Greek flight management.
It mentioned 4 Greek fighters have been scrambled and chased off the Turkish planes, including Athens knowledgeable NATO and US authorities of the incident.
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