Hellenic Air Force

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The Hellenic Air Force (HAF; Greek: Πολεμική Αεροπορία, Polemikí Aeroporía, literally "War Aviation", sometimes abbreviated as ΠΑ) is the air force of Greece (with Hellenic being a synonym for Greek). The mission of the Hellenic Air Force is to guard and protect Greek airspace, provide air assistance and support to the Hellenic Army and the Hellenic Navy, as well as the provision of humanitarian aid in Greece and around the world. The Hellenic Air Force includes approximately 33,000 active troops, of whom 11,750 are career officers, 14,000 are professional conscripts (ΕΠ.ΟΠ.), 7,250 are volunteer conscripts and 1,100 are women. During the period of monarchy between 1935–1973 the force was known as the Royal Hellenic Air Force (RHAF) (Greek: Ἑλληνικὴ Βασιλικὴ Ἀεροπορία, Ellinikí Vasilikí Aeroporía). The motto of the Hellenic Air Force is the ancient Greek phrase Αἰὲν Ὑψικρατεῖν (Aièn Hypsikrateîn), "Always Dominate the Heights"), and the HAF ensign represents a flying eagle in front of the Hellenic Air Force roundel. The Hellenic Air Force is one of the three branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces.

Aircraft Inventory[edit | edit source]

Combat Aircraft[edit | edit source]

  • Dassault Mirage 2000-5/B Mk.2/BGM/EGM x 44 (Multirole Fighter)
  • Dassault Rafale x 0 (Multirole Fighter) - 18 on order
  • General Dynamics F-16C/D Blk.30/50/52+ Fighting Falcon x 156 (Multirole Fighter)
  • McDonnell-Douglas F-4E Phantom II x 34 (Fighter-Bomber)
  • Beechcraft T-6A NTA Texan II x 20 (Light Attack Aircraft)

ELINT Aircraft[edit | edit source]

  • Canadair CL-415MP x 2 (Maritime Patrol Aircraft)
  • Embraer EMB-145H AEW&C x 4 (AWACS Aircraft)

Transport Aircraft[edit | edit source]

  • Alenia C-27J Spartan II x 12 (Tactical Transport)
  • Canadair CL-215GR Scooper x 12 (Aerial Firefighting Aircraft)
  • Canadair CL-415GR Superscooper x 8 (Aerial Firefighting Aircraft)
  • Embraer ERJ-135BJ x 2 (VIP Transport)
  • Embraer ERJ-135LR x 2 (Medical Transport)
  • Grumman Gulfstream V x 2 (VIP Transport)
  • Lockheed C-130B/H x 18 (Tactical Transport)

Trainer Aircraft[edit | edit source]

  • Rockwell T-2C/E Buckeye x 36 (Trainer Aircraft)
  • Beechcraft T-6A Texan II x 26 (Trainer Aircraft)
  • Cessna T-41D Mescalero x 20 (Trainer Aircraft)

Helicopters[edit | edit source]

  • Agusta A109E Power x 4 (Medical Transport)
  • Agusta-Bell AB205A-1 x 10 (Search and Rescue)
  • Agusta-Bell AB212 x 4 (VIP Transport Helicopter)
  • Eurocopter AS332C1 Super Puma x 12 (SAR/CSAR Helicopter)

UAVs[edit | edit source]

  • HAI E1-79 Pegasus x 16 (Reconnaissance Drone)
  • PZL-Mielec M18AS/BS Dromader x 24 (Aerial Spraying Drone)