Complement: 173 (22 officers) plus 16 flag staff
Missiles: SSM: 8 McDonnell Douglas Harpoon Block 1C; 2 quad launchers; active radar homing to 130 km (70 n miles) at 0.9 Mach; warhead 227 kg.
SAM: Raytheon NATO Sea Sparrow Mk 48 Mod 2 vertical launcher; 16 missiles; semi-active radar homing to 14.6 km (8 n miles) at 2.5 Mach; warhead 39 kg.
Guns: 1 FMC 5 in (127 mm)/54 Mk 45 Mod 2A 20 rds/min to 24 km (13 n miles) anti-surface; 14 km (7.7 n miles) anti-aircraft; weight of shell 32 kg. 2 GD/GE Vulcan Phalanx 20 mm Mk 15 Mod 12; 6 barrels per mounting; 3,000 rds/min combined to 1.5 km.
Torpedoes: 6-324 mm Mk 32 Mod 5 (2 triple) tubes. Honeywell Mk 46 Mod 5; anti-submarine; active/passive homing to 11 km (5.9 n miles) at 40 kt; warhead 44 kg.
Combat data systems: Signaal STACOS Mod 2; Links 11 and 14.
Weapons control: 2 Signaal Mk 73 Mod 1 (for SAM). Vesta Helo transponder with datalink for OTHT. SAR-8 IR search. SWG 1 A(V) Harpoon LCS.
Radars: Air search: Signaal MW08; 3D; F/G-band.
Air Surface search: Signaal/Magnavox; DA08, F-band.
Navigation: Racal Decca 2690 BT; ARPA; I-band.
Fire Control: 2 Signaal STIR; I/J/K-band.
IFF: Mk XII Mod 4.
Sonars: Raytheon SQS-56/DE 1160; hull-mounted and VDS.
Helicopters: 1 Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk.
Programmes: Decision to buy four Meko 200 Mod 3HN announced on 18 April 1988. West German Government 'offset' of tanks and aircraft went with the sale, and the electronics and some of the weapon systems secured through US FMS credits. The first ship ordered 10 February 1989 built by Blohm + Voss, Hamburg and the remainder ordered 10 May 1989 at Hellenic Shipyards, Skaramanga. Programme was delayed by financial problems at Hellenic Shipyards in 1992 and some of the prefabrication of Spetsai was done in Hamburg.
Structure: The design follows the Portuguese 'Vasco da Gama' class. All steel fin stabilisers.
Operational: Aegean Hawk carried from 1995.
FFG HYDRA (F 452)
FFG SPETSAI (F 453)
FFG PSARA (F 454)
FFG SALAMIS (F 455)
Frigates Class Standard
Displacement, tons: 3,050 standard; 3,630 full load
Displacement Full Load (tonnes): 3688
Displacement Standard (tonnes): 3098.8
Length (m): 130.5
Beam (m): 14.6
Draught (m): 6.2
Range (nm): 4700
Speed (knots): 30
Dimensions, feet (metres): 428 × 47.9 × 20.3 (screws) (130.5 × 14.6 × 6.2)
Main machinery: COGOG; 2 RR Olympus TM3B gas turbines; 50,880 hp (39.7 MW)sustained; 2 RR Tyne RM1C gas turbines; 9,900 hp (7.4 MW) sustained; 2 shafts; acbLIPS cp props
Speed, knots: 30. Range, miles: 4,700 at 16 kt
Complement: 176 (17 officers)
Missiles: SSM: 8 McDonnell Douglas Harpoon (2 quad) launchers; active radar homing to 130 km (70 n miles) at 0.9 Mach; warhead 227 kg.
SAM: Raytheon NATO Sea Sparrow; 24 missiles; semi-active radar homing to 14.6 km (8 n miles)at 2.5 Mach; warhead 39 kg. Portable Redeye; shoulder-launched; short range.
Guns: 1 or 2 (450, 451) OTO Melara 3 in (76 mm)/62 compact; 85 rds/min to 16 km (8.6 n miles) anti-surface; 12 km (6.5 n miles)anti-aircraft; weight of shell 6 kg.
1 or 2 (450, 451) GE/GD Vulcan Phalanx 20 mm Mk 15 6-barrelled; 3,000 rds/min combined to 1.5 km. One mounting only on hangar roof in F 459-462.
Torpedoes: 4-324 mm Mk 32 (2 twin) tubes. 16 Honeywell Mk 46 Mod 5; anti-submarine; active/passive homing to 11 km (5.9 n miles)at 40 kt; warhead 44 kg. Can be fitted.
Combat data systems: Signaal SEWACO II action data automation; Links 10, 11 and 14.
Radars: Air search: Signaal LW08; D-band; range 264 km (145 n miles) for 2 m2 target.
Surface search: Signaal ZW06; I-band.
Fire control: Signaal WM25; I/J-band; range 46 km (25 n miles). Signaal STIR; I/J/K-band; range 39 km (21 n miles) for 1 m2 target.
Sonars: Canadian Westinghouse SQS-505; hull-mounted; active search and attack; 7 kHz.
Helicopters: 2 AB 212ASW.
Programmes: A contract was signed with the Netherlands on 15 September 1980 for the purchase of one of the 'Kortenaer' class building for the Netherlands' Navy, and an option on a second of class, which was taken up 7 June 1981. A second contract, signed on 9 November 1992, transferred three more of the class. Recommissioning dates for the second batch are Aegeon 14 May 1993, Adrias 30 March 1994 and Navarinon1 March 1995. Kountouriotis, the sixth ship to transfer, recommissioned on 15 December 1997, Bouboulina, the seventh, on 14 December 2001, Kanaris, the eighth was recommissioned in November 2002 and Themistoklis the eighth was recommissioned in 24 October 2003.
Modernisation: The original plan was to fit one Phalanx CIWS in place of the after 76 mm gun but for Gulf deployments in 1990-91 the gun was retained in 450 and 451 and two Phalanx fitted on the deck above the torpedo tubes. Corvus chaff launchers replaced by SRBOC (fitted either side of the bridge). The second batch of four ships were to be similarly modified but the original plan of one Phalanx vice the after 76 mm has been used as a cheaper alternative. An upgrade programme for these ships is planned to be completed by the end of 2006 but details have yet to be finalised. Modernisation is likely to focus on sensors, the combat data system and communications. The Phalanx system may be upgraded to RAM and flight decks may be strengthened to receive Aegean Hawks.
Structure: Hangar is 2 m longer than in Netherlands' ships to accommodate AB 212ASW helicopters
Hellenic Army Aviation (AS) task organisation is as follows:The Army Aviation Directorate (DAS), the Aviation School (SAS), and the 1st Army Aviation Brigate (1 TAXAS).
Army Aviation Directorate (DAS)
The mythic winged horse Pegasus symbolizes the flights over land and sea.
"Τοις τολμώσιν η τύχη" (Luck is for the daring)
"Τοις τολμώσιν η τύχη ξύμφορος" (Luck is favorable to those daring).
The Directorate is responsible for the training, the organization, and the fuctionality of the Army Aviation Units (ΜΑΣ). In particular:
α. Organizes training for pilots, flight security, and air traffic regulations, jointly with the Hellenic Air Force General Staff (HAFGS) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
β. Monitors the flight efficiency and performance of aviators.
γ. Ensures high safety standards for flights and operational readiness of the Army Aviation Units.
δ. Monitors issues related to main air assets acquisition programs.
ε Also monitors the aircraft material of the Army Aviation Units, as well as maintenance related subjects.
στ Submits recommendations for the tactical employment of the Army Aviation Units.
HEADQUARTERS : Hellenic Army General Staff
Date of Establishment: November 1967
Army Aviation Scool (SAS)
It is a general training school, subordinate to the Army Aviation Directorate of the HAGS. Its mission is to provide training and advanced training, as aircraft and helicopter pilots, to Officers and NCOs of the Hellenic Army, the Hellenic Navy and other national authorities (Coastguard, Fire Brigade, etc).
It has the same emblem with the DAS. .
It disposes the following training assets:
Α/Φ U-17Α,B Cessna
E/Π NH-300C Bredanardi
E/Π AB-206B και OH-58
E/Π AB-205 και UH-1H HEADQUARTERS: Stefanovikio, Magnesia
Date of Establishment: 1961
Eagle, propeller, and sword - Symbols of the dynamic and decisive air engagement of the Brigade in the combat, of the historical course of the Hellenic Army Aviation, and of the deterring crucial blow that it can inflict with its air assets.
"Ού Θνάσκει Ζάλος Ελευθερίας" (Zeal for freadom does not pass away).
Sepulchral inscription by Antiphilos the Byzantine, dedicated to the dead Leonidas (King of the Spartans)
It is the new and first formation of the Hellenic Army Aviation, administratively and financially independent, subordinate to the 2nd Army Corps and comprising all the Army Aviation Units. (ΜΑΣ)
It was established recently (March 1998), in the frame of the general reorganization of the Hellenic Army and the Army Aviation
Its mission is to command, control, and train Army Aviation Units, and to direct their operations.
It has the ability to conduct combined operations with other branches of the Hellenic Army, or independently, and execute various combat and logistic missions, independently or jointly with other branches of Hellenic Armed Forces.
HEADQUARTERS : Stefanovikio, Magnesia
Date of Establishment: March 1998
1stArmy Aviation Battalion (1st TEAS)
Greek-Airborne thnx for the great photos. But are you sure that these two really belong the Helenic Army?
hmm... You are probably wright about this.
I took the photos from the unoficial "Greek Helicopter Pilots" website http://clubs.pathfinder.gr/Helipilots
so i guessed they were Greek. Then i noticed that there was no Greek insignia on them! Maybe the photos are old, and taken before the Helicopters paint in the Greek Colours
AN AAQ-13 Navigation pod and AN-AAQ-14 Targetting pod instation on a Greek F-16 prior to delivery
Mirage 200 dash 5
Very close-up of a HAF viper refuelling
Nose cone of this HAF viper wide open with radar AGP-68V9 fully visible
HAF F-16 simulator
HAF F-16D Block 52 99-1535 assigned to Edwards AFB flight test center
the Vought A-7E/H with 96 of these beasts(called the SLUFF (short little ugly fat fellow)in USAF) in service with HAF.
Max Payload 15,000 lb (6,804 kg)
Range typical: 620 nm (1,150 km)
ferry: 2,490 nm (4,605 km)