Corsairs and Phantoms - Phantoms at Andravida

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Andravida is located in the West of the Peloponnese, not far from Olympia, one of the most well-known Greek historic sites and it can still be visited today. Of course Andravida itself is not that historically relevant, but two Squadrons of F-4E (AUP) Phantom II were more than a good reason for a visit.

The air base is home of the 117 Combat Wing, consisting of two Squadrons:

  • 338 Mira - Aris (Mars)
  • 339 Mira - Aias (Ajax)

338 Squadron is used as a Fighter Bomber Squadron, whereas 339 Squadron has a more special role for all weather attack and its aircraft can thus mostly be seen being equipped with the Rafael Litening II pod.

AF 339 4598 700 470 90
AF 339 4598 100 67 85
HAF 338 0296 100 67 85
HAF 338 4372 100 67 85
HAF 338 4453 100 67 85
HAF 339 0448 100 67 85
HAF 339 4620 100 67 85

Between the late 1990s and 2004 a total of 39 HAF F-4E Phantoms were upgraded by the German DASA. On top of the Kampfwertsteigerung (or Improved Combat Efficiency) midlife-update done to the German F-4F Phantoms by the same company, the HAF F-4Es were fitted with the Hughes APG-65GY radar (also used on the F-18C/Ds) as well as new avionics such as navigation and communication systems, partly provided by Israeli companies.

AF 338 4455 700 470 90
AF 338 4455 100 67 85
HAF 338 0171 100 67 85
HAF 338 0195 100 67 85
HAF 338 0253 100 67 85
HAF 338 0281 100 67 85
HAF 338 0294 100 67 85
0HAF 339 4564 700 470 90
0HAF 339 4564 100 67 85
HAF 338 4469 100 67 85
HAF 339 0459 100 67 85
HAF 339 0729 100 67 85

Armament upgrades included the AIM-120 AMRAAM, JDAM and AGM-142 capability for ground attack and various target identification pods. As these weapons are very rarely carried, the most-striking detail of the upgrade from the outside remain the 4 IFF antennas in front of the cockpit.

0HAF 339 0547 700 470 90
0HAF 339 0547 100 67 85
HAF 339 0476 100 67 85
HAF 339 4597 100 67 85
HAF 339 4663 100 67 85
ZHAF 338 0377 100 67 85

The name for the upgrade program used by the Germans was "Peace Icarus 2000", whereas Hellenic Aerospace Industries designated the aircraft updated in-country as F-4E(AUP), standing for "Avionic Upgrade Program".

HAF 339 0481 700 470 90
HAF 339 0481 100 67 85
HAF 339 0524 100 67 85
HAF 339 0557 100 67 85
HAF 339 0590 100 67 85
HAF 339 0599 100 67 85
HAF 339 4655 100 67 85

Not only did the upgrade proved to be very efficient, also the airframe itself can still be trusted and is reliable as could be witnessed during my witness: 10 Phantoms lined-up on the last chance is a view that cannot be seen elsewhere very often nowadays.

HAF 338 0394 700 470 90
HAF 338 0394 100 67 85
HAF 338 0406 100 67 85
HAF 338 4438 100 67 85
HAF 338 4477 100 67 85
HAF 338 4507 100 67 85
HAF 338 4537 100 67 85
HAF 338 4521 700 470 90
HAF 338 4521 100 67 85
HAF 338 4529 100 67 85

And finally also some more AUP Phantom photos linked and available in higher resolution:

911 Haf 338 4477 21 911 Haf 339 0587 21 911 Haf 338 4556 21

911 Haf 339 0459 21 911 Haf 338 0361 21 911 Haf 339 4631 21

911 Haf 338 0171 21 911 Haf 338 4413 21 911 Haf 339 0657 21

911 Haf 339 0494 21 911 Haf 339 4663 21 911 Haf 338 0253 21

All that remains to be said is a big "Ευχαριστω!" to all those people and HAF personnel that supported the preparation of this visit as well as on base!

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