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Mirage 2000, F-4 Phantom II, TA-7H Corsair, and TF-104G Starfighter, as seen from an F-16D.

The Hellenic Air Force


Mirage 2000 EG/BG / -5 Mk2

The Mirage 2000's evolution started in 1973, by Dassault in France, and the aircraft made it's first public appearance in 1980. The aircraft is currently serving in the Hellenic Air Force as an all weather interceptor with the 114 Fighter Wing at Tanagra.

Manufacturer  : Dassualt Breguet 
Country of Origin  : France
Length : 14.36 m
Wingspan  : 9.13 m
Height : 5.2 m
Weight Empty : 7,500 kg
Weight Max T/O : 17,000 kg
Maximum Speed : 2.2 Mach
Maximum Speed S/L : 1.2 Mach
Range : 3,704 km
Powerplant : 1x SNECMA M53-P2 Turbofan
Maximum Thrust : 64 kN (14,462 lb)
Maximum Thrust A/B : 95 kN (21,385 lb)
Initial Climb Rate : 17,070 m/min
Max. Operational Alt.  : 18,000 m
Cannon : 2x30 mm DEFA 554
Hardpoints : 9
Maximum Ordinance : 6,300 kg

 


F-16 C/D Fighting Falcon

The Fighting Falcon is the creation of the 70's search by the USAF for a new 'Light' fighter. General Dynamics' F-16 took it's first flight in 1974, and within a few years it became one of the most populous fighters in the NATO and US allied air forces. The F-16 is serving in the Hellenic Air Force as a multi-purpose fighter aircraft based in Larisa with the 110 Fighter Wing and in Nea Anghialos with the 111 Fighter Wing.

Manufacturer  : General Dynamics (LM) 
Country of Origin  : USA
Length : 15.03 m
Wingspan  : 9.45 m
Height : 5.09 m
Weight Empty : 8,853 kg
Weight Max T/O : 16,875 kg
Maximum Speed : 2.05 Mach
Maximum Speed S/L : 1.2 Mach
Range : 3,900 km
Powerplant : 1x GE F110-GE-129 Turbofan
Maximum Thrust :
Maximum Thrust A/B : 131.6 kN (29,588 lb)
Initial Climb Rate : 15,240 m/sec
Max. Operational Alt.  : 15,240 m
Cannon : 1x20 mm M61 A1
Hardpoints : 7+2
Maximum Ordinance : 5,433 kg

 


(T)A-7 H/E Corsair II

The A-7 took to the skies for the first time in 1965. Many things have changed in the plane since then.. Both the 'E' and 'H' models incorporate many improvements, from greater thrust, to night capabilities. The Corsair II is serving the Hellenic Air Force in close air support, ground attack, and bombing operations. Bases of operation include the 115 Fighter Wing at Souda, as well as the 116 Fighter Wing at Araxos.

Manufacturer  : Vought (LTV - Northrop Grumman) 
Country of Origin  : USA
Length : 14.06 m
Wingspan  : 11.8 m
Height : 4.9 m
Weight Empty : 8,668 kg
Weight Max T/O : 19,050 kg
Maximum Speed :
Maximum Speed S/L : 1,112 km/h
Range : 4,600 km
Powerplant : 1x Allison TF41-A-400 Turbofan
Maximum Thrust : 66.7 kN (15,000 lb)
Maximum Thrust A/B : n/a
Initial Climb Rate :
Max. Operational Alt.  : 15,240 m
Cannon : 1x20 mm M61 A1
Hardpoints : 6+2
Maximum Ordinance : 9,072 kg

 


(R)F-4 E Phantom II / PI2000

This aircraft started it's long career in the air forces of numerous countries with the fighter designation F-110A in 1962. The Phantom has seen an extraordinary amount of improvements, all inspired by it's performance in the Vietnam conflict. The F-4 currently serves in the Hellenic Air Force as a multi-purpose fighter, as well as in reconnaissance roles (RF-4). A number of these aircraft have undergone major modifications (Peace Icarus 2000) by DASA of Germany, thus making them the most advanced Phantoms to ever fly. Today they operate out of Larisa with the 110 Fighter Wing and from Andravida with the 117 Fighter Wing.

Manufacturer  : McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) 
Country of Origin  : USA
Length : 19.2 m
Wingspan  : 11.7 m
Height : 5.02 m
Weight Empty : 13,757 kg
Weight Max T/O : 28,030 kg
Maximum Speed : 2 Mach
Maximum Speed S/L : 1, 445 km/h
Range : 4,180 km
Powerplant : 2x GE J79-GE-17A Turbojets
Maximum Thrust :
Maximum Thrust A/B : 159.2 kN (35,800 lb)
Initial Climb Rate : 18,715 m/min
Max. Operational Alt.  : 18,182 m
Cannon : 1x20 mm M61 A1
Hardpoints : 9
Maximum Ordinance : 9,072 kg

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Mirage F-1 CG

The Mirage F-1 CG entered service in the Hellenic Air Force in 1974. The aircraft serves as an all weather interceptor flying out of Tanagra's 114 Fighter Wing or Heraklio's 126 Fighter Squadron. The Defense Department is currently looking to sell these assets to any interested party.

Manufacturer  : Dassualt Breguet 
Country of Origin  : France
Length : 15.3 m
Wingspan  : 8.4 m
Height : 4.5 m
Weight Empty : 7,400 kg
Weight Max T/O : 16,200 kg
Maximum Speed : 2.2 Mach
Maximum Speed S/L : 1.2 Mach
Range : 1,390 km
Powerplant : 1x SNECMA Atar 9K-50 Turbojet
Maximum Thrust :
Maximum Thrust A/B : 70.6 kN (15,873 lb)
Initial Climb Rate : 13,400 m/min
Max. Operational Alt.  : 20,000 m
Cannon : 2x30 mm DEFA 553
Hardpoints : 5+2
Maximum Ordinance : 6,300 kg

 


(N)(R)F-5 A/B Freedom Fighter

The F-5 is the oldest fighter in service, but probably one of the most maneuverable planes in the world. The Freedom Fighter is currently serving in day intercept and close air support roles out of Thessaloniki's 113 Fighter Wing at Mikra. All F-5 aircraft are scheduled to be withdrawn from service on December 31, 2000.

Manufacturer  : Northrop 
Country of Origin  : USA
Length : 14.38 m
Wingspan  : 7.7 m
Height : 4.01 m
Weight Empty : 3,667 kg
Weight Max T/O : 9,377 kg
Maximum Speed : 1.4 Mach
Maximum Speed S/L :
Range : 2,600 km
Powerplant : 2x GE J85-GE-13 Turbojets
Maximum Thrust : 24 kN (5,440 lb)
Maximum Thrust A/B : 37 kN (8,160 lb)
Initial Climb Rate :
Max. Operational Alt.  : 15,200 m
Cannon : 2x20 mm
Hardpoints : 5+2
Maximum Ordinance : 6,300 kg


Transport Aircraft


C-130 H/B Hercules

The C-130 is one of the most popular transport planes in the world. The prototype for this aircraft first flew in 1954, but has evolved dramatically since that first flight. Hercules transport aircraft can be seen just about anywhere in Hellas, but are all based in Elefsis with the Air Support Command's (DAY) 112 Fighter Wing.

Manufacturer  : Lockheed 
Country of Origin  : USA
Maximum Speed : 621 km/h
Range : 7,880 km
Initial Climb Rate : 1,900 m/min
Max. Operational Alt.  : 10,670 m
Maximum Payload : 20,560 kg


Trainers


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Rockwell T-2E Buckeye

The T-2E has been serving with the Hellenic Air Force for more then two decades. Based in Kalamata, it has facilitated the advanced training of young Icarus cadets. These aircraft will soon be replaced by an advanced trainer.

Manufacturer  : Rockwell 
Country of Origin  : USA
Maximum Speed : 850 km/h
Range : 1,720 km
Max. Operational Alt.  : 13,870 m


Raytheon T-6A Texan II

The first 25 aircraft are in similar configuration to the USAF/USN JPATS T-6A and are used for the initial 100 hours of instruction. Subsequent airplanes include provisions for light armament to be used in the more advanced stages of the training syllabus. All are based at Kalamata.

Manufacturer  : Raytheon 
Country of Origin  : USA
Maximum Speed : 500 km/h
Range : 1,668 km
Max. Operational Alt.  : 9,450 m



Cessna T-37

The T-37 is a trainer, currently being phased out with the introduction of the T-6A.

Manufacturer  : Cessna 
Country of Origin  : USA
Maximum Speed : 660 km/h
Range : 1,050 km
Max. Operational Alt.  : 10,668 m


Anti-Aircraft Weaponry


Patriot MIM-104 PAC-2/PAC-3

The Hellenic Air Force has acquired 3 PAC-2 Patriot Tactical Air-Defense Missile Systems, and is in the process of receiving 6 PAC-3 systems. Equipped with the most advanced version of the missile created to intercept aircraft (PAC-2/GEM), it is capable of striking targets some 90km away (from the previous 70km).


S-300PMU1

This Russian made anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic missile system was originally ordered by the Republic of Cyprus. It is currently positioned on the island of Crete and has a maximum effective range of about 150km.


Nike-Hercules MIM-14B

The Nike-Hercules high altitude anti-aircraft system continues to remain in a partial operational status after decades of service. While still capable of intercepting enemy aircraft, its primary mission is to confuse and disrupt enemy planning and operations.


Skyguard Velos - RIM-7 M Sparrow

The Skyguard anti-aircraft system is used to provide an 'umbrella' of protection for the military and civilian airports of the country. The system includes radar, 30mm guns, and the RIM-7M Sparrow missile.


Crotale NG

The Crotale NG is equipped with a multi-sensor suite
including passive electro-optics and radar. Its VT1 missile features a high level of maneuverability with load factors up to 35 g up to 8 km with the airframe capable of withstanding 50 g. Speed is Mach 3.5, using a solid propellant rocket motor. The VT1 has an effective range of about 11 km and ceiling of over 6,000 m. Additional units are also operated by the Hellenic Navy.


Artemis 30

The Artemis 30 was developed during the 1980's in Hellas, to protect all branches of the Armed Forces from medium and low level attack aircraft. The system is based around the 30 mm cannon and it's advanced targeting system. It can fire at a rate of 800 rounds per minute for each cannon, at maximum range of 8,400 m or a tactical range of 3,300 m. Plans call for this system's integration with some advanced missile system.


Utility & Support Aircraft


VIP Aircraft


EMB-135

Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-135, is used to facilitate the transport needs of VIPs. The type was acquired following the order for ERIEYE/EMB-145H AEW&C aircraft. Serves with the 356 MTM at Elefsis.

Manufacturer  : Embraer 
Country of Origin  : Brazil
Maximum Cruise Speed : 833 km/h
Range : 3,138 km
Maximum Payload : 4,580 kg


Fire-fighting Aircraft


 

Canadair CL-215 / CL-415

The CL-215 is a proven fire-fighting aircraft, and it's contribution to Hellas' forests can be seen every summer. Hellas recently acquired the turboprop powered upgraded version of the plane designated CL-415. All aircraft belong to the 355 MTM that is based in Elefsis.

Manufacturer  : Bombardier
Country of Origin  : Canada
Maximum Speed : 291 km/h
Range : 2,095 km
Maximum Load (Water & Fire Retardant)  : 5,443 kg


Public Service Support & Utility Aircraft


Grumman G-164 AgCat

The AgCat was designed in the mid-1950's for providing agricultural service, and first flew on May 22nd, 1957. In Hellenic service it is primarily used as a crop-duster. All aircraft belong to the 359 ΜΑΕΔΥ that is based in Tatoi/Dekelia, but could be stationed anywhere in the country.

Manufacturer  : Grumman 
Country of Origin  : USA
Maximum Speed : 222 km/h
Maximum Payload  : 907 kg


 

PZL M-18 Dromader

WSK "PZL-Mielec" S.A., a formerly state-owned aircraft manufacturer in Poland, produces these commercially successful aircraft. The Hellenic Air Force acquired these aircraft in the 1980's as debt repayment. In addition to crop-dusting, these planes offer their limited fire-fighting services during the summer months. All aircraft belong to the 359 ΜΑΕΔΥ that is based in Tatoi/Dekelia, but could be stationed anywhere in the country.


Rotorcraft


AS 332 C1 Super Puma

On December 1, 1999 the 358 SAR Squadron of the Hellenic Air Force received its Super Puma helicopters. While they are considered assets of the Hellenic Coast Guard, they will be operated by the HAF with assorted crew. These units will supplement the AS 532 UL Cougar helicopters on CSAR missions.

Manufacturer : Aerospatiale (Eurocopter)
Country of Origin  : France
Maximum Cruise Speed : 276 km/h
Range : 635 km
Maximum Payload : 25 troops or 4,500 kg


 

 OH-13H / Bell 47 G

The Bell (model 47) H-13 Sioux, with a crew of three, was one of the most popular light utility helicopters ever built. The Bell model 47 was produced continuously from 1946 to 1973, and in other countries through 1976. Used for crop-dusting, it serves with the 359 ΜΑΕΔΥ.

 

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