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AH-64 APACHE equipped with Spike NLOS: A Deadly force multiplier

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Spike NLOS equipped AH-64 APACHE: A Deadly force multiplier - GEOPOLITIKI
PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM US DOD VIDEO

In our opinion at GEOPOLITIKI, the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, is one of the most successful attack helicopters because it can reliably transfer a nation’s firepower on the battlefield, which will be supplemented in this article by SPIKE NLOS.

AH-64 APACHE equipped with Spike NLOS: A Deadly force multiplier
PHOTO: Screenshot from US DOD Video (Future Vertical Lift Conducts a Demonstration of the Spike NLOS Missile System)

We do not intend to bore our readers with technical details about Apache helicopters, as this will be analyzed in a separate article.

What we want to emphasize is that the entry of the Israeli Spike NLOS missile is a deadly force multiplier for the AH-64 Apache.

Spike NLOS equipped AH-64 APACHE: A Deadly force multiplier
A Greek AH-64 Apache helicopter provides air support as part of a combined arms live fire exercise July 20, 2017 during exercise Saber Guardian 17. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Tyler Meister)

One year ago, at the Eglin Air Force Base, the United States conducted a test firing of the missiles, during which an Apache attack helicopter hit a target located 32 kilometers distant. As we previously informed you, the US Air force personnel who participated in the test were absolutely thrilled about the performance of Spike NLOS.

The new generation of Spike NLOS…

Spike NLOS equipped AH-64 APACHE: A Deadly force multiplier
A full scale mock up of a Spike NLOS missile made by the Israeli company, Rafael Systems. By Rhk111 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

The new generation of SPIKE NLOS, notably the sixth generation, has improved the range to 50 kilometers (up from 32 kilometers), and it is also compatible with the AH-64 Apache.

The difference is huge in comparison to the HELLFIRE missiles, which are currently being installed on the majority of AH-64 Apaches all around the world and have a range of approximately 8 kilometers.

The spike can be launched from the ground, vehicles, or helicopters.

The weapon can be fired in three modes: Fire and Forget, lock-on after launch, and Fire and Steer.

It is equipped with a Penetrating Blast Fragmentation (PBFwarhead and a tandemcharge HEAT warhead. Because of data transmission via fiber optic cable, it is possible to both direct the rocket to another target during flight and launch the rocket without visual contact with the target and assign it a target during flight.

The operator can also correct the missiles flight path if there are any deviations. The missile is also is equipped with a EO-IR/CCD seeker with semi-active laser (SAL) capability.

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USS Chesapeake: US Navy exercised the second option

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USS Chesapeake: US Navy exercised the second option - GEOPOLITIKI
U.S. Navy graphic/Released

The United States Navy has just decided to go ahead and build the third Constellation Class Frigate, which will be named USS Chesapeake (FFG 64).

The third ship in the class, the USS Chesapeake, was awarded to Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) after the class Critical Design Review. The program completed Critical Design Review in May and is going to Production Readiness Review and start of production for USS Constellation (FFG 62).

Fincantieri Marinette Marine was awarded the contract for the first 10 FFG 62 class ships on April 30, 2020.

The Constellation Class Guided Missile Frigate (FFG 62) is a multi-mission vessel built for blue water and littoral missions and they can operate independently or as part of a Carrier/Expeditionary Strike Group or Surface Action Group and are outfitted for Navy Composite Warfare and Joint Maritime Operations.

USS CONSTELLATION (FFG 62), USS CONGRESS (FFG 63), and USS CHESAPEAKE (FFG 64) are the names that have been given to the first three ships of this class by the Secretary of the United States Navy.

GEOPOLITIKI with information from United States Navy

Fujian: China’s largest, most modern aircraft carrier was launched

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China's largest, most modern aircraft carrier was launched
eng.chinamil.com.cn / Photo by Zhang Lei

On Friday, China successfully launched “Fujian” its largest and most advanced Chinese aircraft carrier to date, at a time when tensions are at an all-time high between China and the United States.

The People’s Liberation Army is undergoing a significant transformation under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, who has vowed to build a “fully modern” force that can compete with the United States military by the year 2027.

Fujian: China's largest, most modern aircraft carrier was launched

According to Chinese media, the newly constructed ship, which has been given the name Fujian, is the “first catapult aircraft carrier wholly designed and built by China” and in order to commemorate the launch of the enormous ship, the sky above the ship was colored with colorful smoke by jets.

According to Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, the carrier is equipped with significantly more cutting-edge technology than China’s other two aircraft carriers, including electromagnetic catapults that allow it to launch aircraft off of its deck.

After calling its first two carriers after the provinces of Liaoning and Shandong, China’s third and most recent carrier is named after Fujian, which is located on the country’s southeastern coast.

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A New War in Aegean could destroy the Turkish navy

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A New War in Aegean could destroy the Turkish navy - NEMESIS HD
PHOTO: HELLENIOC NAVY

Turkish media in recent days explain every day about how they will occupy the Aegean islands from Greece and how much they are bothered by the presence of the Greek army.

Recently on a show on CNN Turk, the so-called Turkish “experts” explained that the Turkish navy could at any time proceed to a naval blockade of the Greek islands from the mainland and occupy them.

A New War in Aegean could destroy the Turkish navy
PHOTO: KASTELORIZO – ENVATO

Once again, maps were presented showing that Greek island of Kastelorizo ​​is many kilometers away from Greece, with presenters using this as an argument regarding its EEZ but also whether its sovereignty can be challenged.

This behavior of the Turks in Aegean is very reminiscent of Germany before the Second World War with a big difference…

A New War in Aegean could destroy the Turkish navy
SUBMARINE 214 HELLENIC NAVY PHOTO SOURCE: General Staff of the Hellenic Navy

Europe at that time was not ready to face the Germans, on the contrary Greece is not just ready to face the Turks but the anti-ship EXOCET missiles alongside the Harpoon Missiles that Greece possesses, can guarantee that a new war in Aegean may be destructive for Turkish ambitions just like it did in WW1 and Balkan Wars.

A New War in Aegean could destroy the Turkish navy
Greek biggest national flag waving in the sky PHOTO: ENVATO

We would like to bring to your attention the fact that the Greek Navy has not suffered a single defeat ever since Greece gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

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KF-51 Panther: The new German “beast” was officially presented

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The KF-51 Panther incorporates a number of upgrades and innovative additions, with the company stating that the tanks lethality is expected to increase dramatically with the future integration of artificial intelligence technologies.

The main weapon of the KF51 Panther is the brutal 130 mm cannon. Rheinmetall’s “Future Gun”, which provides the tank with superior firepower against all of its current competitors, and according to the company, this is not expected to change even with the entry of its future competitors.

Rheinmetall also reports that the KF-51 Panther has increased survival capabilities on the modern battlefield, with this protection extending to “top attack” attacks.

Watch the fantastic video posted by Rheinmetall:

With information from PressKit of Rheinmetall for the KF-51 Panther

Exercise DEMOKRITOS 22: Defense and offensive operations of XXI and XXV Greek Armored Brigades

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Exercise DEMOKRITOS 22: Defense and offensive operations of XXI and XXV Greek Armored Brigades - GEOPOLITIKI

The Hellenic Army sent a message to its foes from Xanthi, by conducting a new military exercise.

According to announcement of the General Staff of the Hellenic Army:

Exercise DEMOKRITOS 22: Defense and offensive operations of XXI and XXV Greek Armored Brigades
Photo source: army.gr

From 3 to 10 June 2022, the Exercise “DEMOKRITOS 2022” was held in the area of ​​Xanthi, with the aim of the practical application of the knowledge of the new Lieutenants of all Arms and Corps of 2021 order on defensive and offensive objects realistic conditions, with the participation of divisions and means of the XXI Armored Brigade (XXI “PINDOS”) and the XXV Armored Brigade (XXV “2nd Cavalry Regiment – Ephesus”).

Exercise DEMOKRITOS 22: Defense and offensive operations of XXI and XXV Greek Armored Brigades
Photo source: army.gr

During the exercise, which took place under the auspices of the Infantry Directorate of the General Staff of the Hellenic Army and was designed and organized by the Infantry School in collaboration with the respective Schools of Other Weapons and Corps, Artillery, Tank, Mortar shots were fired and Anti-tank vehicles while the use of Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), Tankers, Motorized Self Propelled Artillery Pieces as well as Helicopters.

Exercise DEMOKRITOS 22: Defense and offensive operations of XXI and XXV Greek Armored Brigades
Photo source: army.gr

In parallel with the exercise, the Greek Lieutenants were trained on the field in matters of Logistics, while the XXI Armored Brigade (XXI “PINDOS”) executed the recovery of heavy technical equipment.

Exercise DEMOKRITOS 22: Defense and offensive operations of XXI and XXV Greek Armored Brigades
Photo source: army.gr

The exercise, which was attended by the Commander of the 4th Hellenic Army Corps “THRACE” Lieutenant General Ioannis Tsioplos, contributed to the increase of the level of operational training, combat capability and understanding of the participating Lieutenants, promoting the cooperation on the modern battlefield” states the announcement of the Hellenic Army General Staff.

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NATO meeting: Unprecedented tension between Turkish Defense Minister and Greek MPs

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NATO meeting: Unprecedented tension between Turkish Defense Minister and Greek MPs - GEOPOLITIKI
Photo by T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (Twitter)

Unprecedented tensions erupted between Greek MPs and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar at a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committee and the Mediterranean and Middle East Task Force in Constantinople on Tuesday afternoon.

After his speech, the Turkish Defence Minister received questions from MPs Spilios Libanos, Manouso Voloudaki, Andreas Loverdos and Theodora Tzakri regarding the Turkish invasion of Kyrpos and the casus belli.

The deputies stated that the Turkey to claim that it respects the territorial sovereignty of other States at the time it has invaded Cyprus and challenges the sovereignty of many islands.

NATO meeting: Unprecedented tension between Turkish Defense Minister and Greek MPs
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sydney Phoenix

Akar again referred to the issue of territorial waters, the demilitarization of Greek islands. He accused Greece of supporting terrorists and flying with fighter jets over Turkish territory.

Regarding Cyprus, he replied that the “peace operation” on the island was not an invasion and since Greece characterize northern Cyprus as occupied, it means that “Greece want war”.

“If you say that the northern part of Cyprus is occupied, you want to fight from the beginning. Turkey is not an occupier in the north of Cyprus. Massacres and coups took place there until 1974. The lives of even the Greeks were in danger.

NATO meeting: Unprecedented tension between Turkish Defense Minister and Greek MPs
Photo by T.C. National Defense Minister (Twitter)

We started a peacekeeping operation in 1974. From 1974 until now, both the south and the north have been living in peace. You have to see this. You should not be biased. Despite all its shortcomings, the Turks accepted the UN Annan Plan as a solution in 2014. The Greek side did not accept it,” Hulusi Akar replied.

The argument between the Greek MPs and the Turkish Minister of Defense lasted more than 10 minutes and ended with Akar leaving the meeting room visibly irritated.

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US trying to stop new Turkish attack against Syria

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US trying to stop new Turkish attack against Syria - GEOPOLITIKI
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Goedl

The US is making efforts to prevent Turkey from launching new military operations against Kurds in northern Syria.

“We are making relentless efforts with the Turkish government to get them to back down from this reckless action. I can not assure you that it will happen,” State Department official Barbara Leaf told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing on Wednesday.

But despite American concerns, the Turkish President Erdogan looks untrustworthy.

In fact, during a press conference, Erdogan spoke again against NATO, stating once again that he would not accept NATO bids of Sweden and Finland as he claims that they support the Kurds.

“What we experienced with Greece and France, we do not want to experience the same with them,” Erdogan said.

Still, he hinted in his statements that the US bases in Greece are intended to target Turkey.

“Nine American bases – where are these bases located? In Greece. And against whom? They answer against Russia, but this does not convince us. Sorry but no,” the Turkish president stated.

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Greece has no intention of sending S-300 systems to Ukraine

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Greece has no intention of sending S-300 systems to Ukraine - GEOPOLITIKI
PHOTO: HAF Spokesman

The Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos in the parliament answered the question asked by MP Mr. Dritsas regarding the possibility of sending S-300 systems or other anti-aircraft systems located on the Greek islands to Ukraine.

The following is the question of Mr. Theodoros Dritsas to Nikos Panagiotopoulos and the answer of the Greek Defense Minister:

Theodoros Dritsas: Mr. Minister, apart from what you have described so precisely that they have been sent, apart from the German tanks, the exchange and all that, will you send other weapons to Ukraine?

Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos: We have no intention of sending the S-300s. We have no intention of sending anti-aircraft guns from the Greek islands because we need them, they are operational. In order to send something we must have arranged for its replacement.

Greece has no intention of sending S-300 systems to Ukraine
Photo by mod.mil.gr

BMP-1 media reports existed and they preceded the Mitsotakis-Scholz agreement. I read them in the press, “We are getting ready to send BMP etc”. This is probably attributed to some excessive zeal on the part of Germany, which wants to show in every direction that it is moving to strengthen Ukraine now.

From there on, of course, approaches are made, discussions are made. But that systems that we need, that are useful to us and above all operational, we have no intention of giving them” Greek Defense Minister stated

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C-130H: Greece is looking to Israel for aircraft maintenance

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C-130H: Greece is looking to Israel for aircraft maintenance - GEOPOLITIKI
A Hellenic air force (HAF) C-130 Hercules, U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder

Greece: A meeting with representatives of “Israel Aerospace Industries” was held at the Air Support Administration in order to present the capabilities of the Israeli company for the maintenance of C-130H aircraft.

The Greek Defense Ministry announced for the meeting:

“On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, a meeting was held at the Air Support Administration with the representatives of the company “Israel Aerospace Industries” Mr. Edward Strul (Aviation Group, C-130 Senior Director), Mr. Jacob Yosha (Director, Military Transport Aircraft) and Mr. Dimitrios Heliotis (IAI Technical Consultant) with competent staff of Hellenic Air Force.

Greece is looking to Israel for assistance with C-130H maintenance
U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Milton Hamilton

The purpose of the meeting was the presentation, by the company, of its capabilities, regarding the factory maintenance of the C-130H aircraft, as well as the existing programs for the upgrade and modification of the aircraft in question” the annoucement concludes.

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