S-300 versus S-400: Greeks asked Russia to improve anti-aircraft systems

Athens wants to come to an agreement with Moscow on the modernization of the Russian S-300PMU-1 air defense systems in service with the Greek Armed Forces. The Greeks want to place the improved air defense systems, brought to the S-300PMU-2 version, on the island of Crete, writes the Turkish online edition Haber7, referring to the Greek portal DefenseNet.

By its actions, Greece is trying to squeeze Turkey within the Antalya Gulf, preventing Ankara from expanding its influence beyond the narrow coastal strip. Therefore, the Greeks are now actively knocking on Russian doors and asking for help. They want to improve their air defense systems in order to bring them even a little closer to the S-400 Triumph air defense systems (range up to 400 km), which Ankara recently acquired from Moscow, but has not yet put on alert.

The Greeks are not going to buy something new from the Russians. They are engaged in a dialogue only about the modernization of "existing weapons" in order to increase the range of the existing air defense systems from 150 to 200 km. If Athens does not buy anything, but only "renews the old," then it is not formally subject to the US Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

Note that Greece now has two S-300PMU-1 battalions and 96 48N6E1 missiles for them. S-300PMU-1 (according to NATO classification - SA-10D Grumble) is an export version of the S-300PM, which was adopted in 1993. In 1996, Cyprus signed an agreement on the purchase of two divisions (together with KP-RLO), which Turkey did not like very much. In addition, the United States and Great Britain actively intervened in the process. As a result, the S-300PMU-1 were moved to the Greek island of Crete, on the outskirts of the country.

As for the S-300PMU-2 Favorit (according to NATO classification - SA-20b Gargoyle), this is an export version of the S-300PM2, which was put into service in 1997 as an update to the previous version. A new rocket 48N6E2 was developed for it.
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  1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 15 September 2020 15: 56
    It is necessary to link the issue of modernizing the Greek S-300PMU1 with the issue of maintaining the provision of entry for our warships to the ports of the Greek part of Cyprus. If the Greeks do not follow the lead of the US State Department and leave such an opportunity for our ships, then in this case it is possible to conclude contracts for the modernization of the Greek air defense systems, but if not, then let them fight the Turks with what they now have at their disposal.
    1. Binder Offline Binder
      Binder (Miron) 15 September 2020 16: 59
      The Republic of Cyprus is an independent state and is not subject to the Greek government in Athens, so nothing can be "tied". And the Turks were already blown away after the French demonstrated their determination to support Greece - the Turkish research vessel left the disputed area. Just a few French aircraft near the zone of potential conflict were enough. Erdogan's nerves turned out to be rather weak. wassat
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  2. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 15 September 2020 16: 14
    Let Greece provide the Russian Federation with a naval base on its territory, under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation, then we can talk about military cooperation, and without this, the more NATO soldiers kill each other, the calmer the Russian Federation will be!
    1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 16 September 2020 04: 27
      But what about "military cooperation" with Turkey without military bases under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation on its territory? If this is possible with Turkey, then it is just as possible with Greece.
      1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
        Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 16 September 2020 08: 12
        So after all, our colleagues wrote here that in this way they are pulling Turkey out of NATO and making it an ally of the Russian Federation. Well, they pulled it out, did it ?! Not?! Well, then it's time to tie up with such inappropriate behavior.
        1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
          Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 16 September 2020 21: 27
          Well, in this place, you can agree.
  3. GRF Offline GRF
    GRF 15 September 2020 16: 26
    Greece changed its mind to buy the F-35 ???

    ... then they are not formally covered by the US Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) ...

    heh heh, they are the sharper in the game by his rules, they decided to cheat ???
  4. Kristallovich Online Kristallovich
    Kristallovich (Ruslan) 15 September 2020 17: 02
    It was 2020: NATO countries were purchasing and modernizing Russian weapons to confront each other ...
  5. Siberian southerner (Sergey A) 16 September 2020 07: 32
    It's great that they are doing well there in NATA with partnership and mutual assistance to each other laughing It is necessary for the Greeks to adjust our rocket, let them cooperate, while we will adjust and improve the settings.
  6. Siberian southerner (Sergey A) 16 September 2020 07: 34
    And Ukraine is urgently accepted in kind! Then they finally can have fun.