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Iniochos 2018
Where? Andravida, Greece
When? 20/03/2018

«INIOHOS» exercise was first created in the 80’s and was gradually upgraded and established as an annual Hellenic Air Force Small scale Air Warfare exercise. Recently the scope of the exercise has been extensively increased and does also include ground and naval forces. The 2018 edition saw an impressive number of 76 fighter aircraft deployed to Andravida airbase. During 9 operational days more than 1000 operational sorties were flown during day and night!

1Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 6004 Zeitler 700 470 90
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1Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 5207 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 4472 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 exercise

“Act with Awareness” was the slogan of the Iniochos 2018 exercise. This an annual exercise of the Hellenic Air Force based at the Andravida Air Base, in the northwest Peloponnese. This airfield is also the home of the HAFs last remaining F-4E Phantom II, which were also flying during the Iniochos exercise.

1Iniochos 2018 HAF Phantom 4265 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Iniochos 2018 HAF Phantom 3832 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 HAF Phantom 4248 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos can be translated as a "Charioteer driving a carriage", with the chariot not only being a symbol for ancient Greek warfare, but also leaving room for interpretation of many forces being united and pulling for the same goal. For the 2018 Iniochos exercise these forces were from Greece, the United States of America, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel and Cyprus.  

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Iniochos 2018 RAF Typhoon 3871 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 RAF Typhoon 3901 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 RAF Typhoon 4899 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 RAF Typhoon 5271 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 RAF Typhoon 5966 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 RAF Typhoon 6459 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Iniochos 2018 UAE M2000 3987 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Iniochos 2018 UAE M2000 3987 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 UAE M2000 3940 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 UAE M2000 3962 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 UAE M2000 3987 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 UAE M2000 5989 Zeitler 100 67 85

Foreign Fighter Jets at Andravida

2018 was the 5th edition of the exercise in that scale and saw ground and air crews from seven nations coming to Andravida. The main part of the more than 80 aircraft gathering at Andravida was an abundance of HAF F-16 Fighting Falcons of eight different Squadrons, the locally based F-4E Phantoms IIs, Dassault Mirage 2000 and the Embraer  EMB-145H AEW&C aircraft. Foreign participation in this year consisted of USAF F-15E Strike Eagles of the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, Eurofighter Typhoons FGR4 from the UK, UAEAF Mirage 2000-9s, Tornados from the Italian AF and a AW-139 helicopter during the first week of the exercise from Cyprus.

1Iniochos 2018 ItAF Tornado 6450 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Iniochos 2018 ItAF Tornado 4843 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 ItAF Tornado 4868 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 ItAF Tornado 3753 Zeitler 100 67 85
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1Iniochos 2018 USAF F 15E 6343 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Iniochos 2018 USAF F 15E 6343 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 USAF F 15E 4106 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 USAF F 15E 6039 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Israeli Air Force Participation

Less widely published as in recent years in the beginning of the exercise was the presence of Israeli F-16C Fighting Falcons from Ramat David. They flew partly separated from the big Iniochos mission packages, but the Israeli participation saw official recognition from the Hellenic Republic’s Defence Minister Panos Kammenos as a strong sign of the axis of stability that Greece is setting up in that part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Iniochos 2018 Israel F 16 4539 Zeitler 700 470 90
Iniochos 2018 Israel F 16 4539 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 Israel F 16 6232 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 Israel F 16 4624 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Iniohos 2018 Objectives

In order to achieve the objectives of the Exercise „Iniohos 2018“, the HFWS (Hellenic Fighter Weapons School) oversees the missions from scenario planning to debriefing and makes certain that they cover the full spectrum of missions currently performed by the HAF such as:

  • Air operations versus Integrated Air Defense System (IADS)
  • Offensive Counter Air / Airfield Attack
  • Air Interdiction / Special Targets (bridges, power stations, vehicles, etc.).
  • Anti Surface Warfare - Slow Mover Protection (SLOMO)
  • Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR)
  • Dynamic Targeting (DT) / Strike Coordination and Reconnaissance (SCAR) / Close Air Support (CAS) / Time Sensitive Targets (TST)
  • High Value Airborne Asset (HVAA) Protect/Attack
1Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 4365 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 4365 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 3710 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 4044 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 4502 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 5200 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 5205 Zeitler 100 67 85
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For two weeks these Air Forces gathered at Andravida Air Base, which is already home of the facilities of the HAF “Air Tactics Center”. Located on the Peloponnese close to the coast of the Ionian Sea, Andravida Air Base provides the capability to conduct exercises involving a variety of weapon systems within one of the largest exercise areas in Europe, over land and over the sea.

1Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 5978 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Iniochos 2018 HAF F 16 5895 Zeitler 100 67 85
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1Iniochos 2018 HAF M2000 5646 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Iniochos 2018 HAF M2000 6045 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 So 4012 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Iniochos 2018 So 4430 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 So 6103 Zeitler 100 67 85
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The exercise “Iniochos” aspires to become the most competitive exercise in Europe and the Mediterranean region, and provide participants with a high level of training and unique experience of participation. With the experience gained from preceding exercises it is the HAF’s aim to set up an Air Force Training Centre in the Peloponnese, which should attract many other Air Forces in the future.

Iniochos 2018 HAF C 130 4236 Zeitler 700 470 90
Iniochos 2018 HAF C 130 4236 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 HAF C 130 4243 Zeitler 100 67 85
Iniochos 2018 HAF C 130 4293 Zeitler 100 67 85

Disclaimer: Text compiled based on the HAF Press Release

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