According to the information given by the Ministry of National Defense (MSB) officials, after August 23, on August 24, Turkish F-16s operating in the Aegean Sea as part of the NATO exercise were harassed by a “radar lock” by Greek F-16s. . Within the scope of NATO mission, 2 Turkish F-16 fighter jets accompanying NATO’s AWACS aircraft cruising over the Aegean Sea were harassed by Greek F-16 warplanes by unlocking the radar. It was learned that Turkish planes also gave the necessary response by locking them.
Evaluating the issue to Cumhuriyet, Retired Air Pilot Major General Beyazıt Karataş said:
– The Greek side continues its provocative and abusive attitude. Turkish jets are working within the scope of NATO exercises and this information is passed on to all countries. Even though Greece knows this, it harasses Turkish jets by treating them as ‘unknown planes’.
– It is not enough to call and warn the Greek military attaché to the Ministry of National Defense alone. At the same time, the Greek Ambassador should be summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a report should be submitted to NATO headquarters.
– This should be done not only when relations with Greece are strained, but in every action where violations are committed. This incident between the two NATO countries should not be allowed to be normalized.
– Greece is trying to justify that there is no special information about these events. However, this is not necessary for NATO events and flights below 10,000 feet. If the attitude continues, there may be situations that will put the flight safety at risk.
WHAT IS A RADAR LOCK?
The “radar lock” application is the fixation method used to separate the target from other tracked targets and to detect, identify, prevent and destroy in this context, in order to make the flights of warplanes safe.
Among the many problems experienced in Greece and the Aegean are the issues of airspace and FIR (Flight Information Area) responsibility. Turkey does not report on flights over international waters, stating that the FIR responsibility regarding civil flights does not create a sovereign right in the high seas airspace. Greece, on the other hand, sees the FIR line, which does not give rise to sovereignty, as its own airspace under its full sovereignty.