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Iniochos 2018 - Andravida airbase

The annual Hellenic Air Force-led International Joint Medium Scale Exercise 'Iniohos' took place from March 12 to 23 at the Andravida Air Base, Greece. The exercise is similar to 'Flag' exercises.
Participants came from six different nations.
Greece (F-4, F-16, Mir2000),
UAE (Mir2000),
UK (Typhoon),
USA (F-15E),
Italy (Tornado),
Israel (F-16C).

In order to achieve the objectives of the exercise, the HFWS 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.

Given the high level of the HAF personnel and their capability to conduct exercises involving a variety of weapon systems within one of the largest exercise areas in Europe, 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.

The 'Iniohos' exercise dates back to the late 80s, when it was established as a small scale air warfare exercise with only aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force. Initially the participating aircraft were deployed to 110 CW in Larisa, but in later years each aircraft operated from its home base. In 2005, 'Iniohos' was transformed into a medium scale exercise, involving all three branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces.
On November 2013, the Single Base Concept was adopted for 'Iniohos' and the selected host for this kind of event was 117 CW at Andravida airbase. It was also decided that 'Iniohos' would become an Invitex exercise, meaning that other nations could be invited to participate in the exercise.

Report by Edward Antonissen and photos by Hans Antonissen