Support infrastructure for new armaments questioned

Support infrastructure for new armaments questioned

Τhe shock of the ammunition depot blast on a Hellenic Air Force base near Volos in central Greece on July 27 has brought back the debate on whether the current infrastructure can accommodate new armaments. Tellingly, the hangars that currently exist at the Hellenic Air Force airports are unsuitable to accommodate a fifth-generation aircraft.

Over the past four years, after a long period of disinvestment, abandonment and obsolescence of major weapons of all military branches, decisions were taken, under pressure from intense Turkish revisionism, to procure main and secondary units and systems (fighter aircraft, frigates, support vehicles, missiles and UAV countermeasures systems etc) totaling some 14 billion euros. 

The big question is whether the billions spent on purchasing cutting-edge weapons systems is supported by the corresponding infrastructure.

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