Greece seeks ways to counter Turkish drones

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Yorgo Kırbaki-Athens

The Greek government is looking for ways to counter Turkish drones, seeking anti-drone technology from Israel and considering diplomatic efforts.

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Although it recently received six Rafale fighter jets from France, the acquisition of the planes has not allayed Greece’s concerns over Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles and armed drones, according to Greek media.

As part of these efforts, during a visit he paid to Israel on January 20, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos explored options for acquiring anti-drone technology from that country, said the Greek daily To Vima.

For now, the Greek authorities are not planning to buy unmanned aerial vehicles but are instead leaning towards the idea of ​​acquiring advanced anti-drone technologies to deploy against Turkish drones, according to the newspaper.

Additionally, the Greek Foreign Ministry is considering exerting diplomatic pressure on Germany to stop the country selling certain parts that are used in the production of Turkish drones, the newspaper said.

Recently, a retired Greek general commented in an article that Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles, flying in a wide area stretching from the Evros (Meriç) river on the common border in the north to the Greek island of Meis, or Kastellorizo, have become a “headache” for Greece.

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The low-cost Bayraktar TB2 drones are capable of performing three to four flights per day at low, medium and high altitudes, observing the movements of Greek navy ships and defenses on the Greek islands, Evangelos Yeorgusis said.

“It is already not easy for Greece to deal with this and it will become even more difficult if Turkey increases the number of drones and the number of flights,” commented the retired general.

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