Turkish F-16 fighter jets to fly to Greece for NATO exercise “Tiger Meet 2022”

Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets will take part in the NATO exercise called Tiger Meeting 2022, which will be held in Greece from May 9 to 22. This year they will be held at the Araxos airbase in the west of the country.

The news comes after several Turkish F-16s once again violated the Greek FIR on Monday 14 February and engaged in “dogfights” with Greek F-16s that had flown to intercept them. According to the Greek General Staff, 22 violations were committed in the northeast, southeast and central Aegean, with four Turkish aircraft armed with military weapons.

In addition, Ankara has again launched a campaign against the militarization of the Greek islands in the eastern Aegean, threatening challenge their sovereignty. At the same time, Turkey ready to do a “high-level warning” if Greece does not change its stance on the demilitarization of the islands, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

According to Turkish newspaper dailysabahthe 192nd Kaplan Fleet (Tiger), stationed in the western Turkish province of Balıkesir, will take part in the Tiger Meet exercise.

In addition to Turkey and Greece, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands and Austria will participate in Tiger Meet 2022 as observers, and Portugal as a guest.

Military aircraft will take part in the exercise: F-16 Fighting Falcon, HH.101 Caesar, HH.212, Rafale M, F/A-18C/D Hornet, Rafale B/C, Tornado IDS & ECR, E-3A Sentry, Mi -24 Hind, EF-2000 Eurofighter, EF-18+ Hornet, JAS-39 Gripen and E-2C Hawkeye.

Tiger Meet is a tactical-level military exercise involving squadrons of NATO members, marked with the tiger emblem since 1961.

The 2021 exercise took place in Portugal.

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