Erdogan’s ‘radar lock’ reaction to Greece

In his speech at the August 30 Victory Day ceremony, AKP President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Our F-16 planes have been radar-locked by the Russian S-300. It is a hostile act. Especially if this plane is performing a NATO mission, it means that it has been made directly to NATO. In fact “He has challenged NATO and the allies, not us,” he said.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 21:50

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President of AKP Recep Tayyip Erdogan“Our F-16 aircraft, which are performing NATO missions in the international airspace in the Aegean, have been radar-locked by the Russian-origin S-300 air missile systems deployed on the Greek island of Crete. Radar lock on a country plane is hostile. Especially if this aircraft is performing a NATO mission, this hostility was directly against NATO with all its members… We look forward to seeing how America will respond to Greece’s activating S-300 systems against an air force.”

Erdogan spoke before the August 30 Victory Day Concert held at the Presidency tonight. Erdogan referred to the fact that the elements of the Greek air missile system had locked the Turkish F-16s three times in a week.

Erdogan’s speech is as follows:

  • I believe that in this period when we are preparing to leave behind the first century of our last state in Anatolia, there is no obstacle in our way of learning our history better and understanding our ancestors better. I consider our meeting with the family members of our National Struggle heroes both as a surrender for them and as a step that will enable us to better protect our history and our ancestors.

“THIS ENEMY HAS BEEN MADE DIRECTLY TO NATO WITH ALL ITS MEMBERS”

  • Unfortunately, we see that the Greek politicians, who dragged their own people and country into disaster a century ago, insist on the same mistake today. As we have always said, Greece is not our political, economic or military equivalent or interlocutor. Just like a century ago, we know the real intentions of those trying to waste our country’s time and energy by using Greece today. Recent developments have revealed this fact to everyone with an undeniable clarity. As known; Our F-16 aircraft, which perform NATO missions in the international airspace in the Aegean, were radar-locked by the Russian-origin S-300 air missile systems deployed on the Greek island of Crete. Radar lock on a country plane is hostile. Especially if this aircraft is carrying out a NATO mission, this hostility is directly against NATO with all its members.

“WE WAITING FAITHFULLY HOW AMERICA WILL REPLY”

  • Greece has challenged NATO and the allies, not us, by increasing its hostile attitudes, which started to violate our airspace and abuse our aircraft, to the level of S-300 radar lockdown; if it has that capability and power… America’s greatest strength is NATO. He allegedly saw Turkey’s purchase of S-400 systems, which he repeatedly stated as purely for his own security needs, as a threat to his own planes. This step was met with actual actions ranging from not providing the F-35 planes we paid for, to being exposed to embargoes on defense industry products in every field and even beyond. Now we look forward to how the same America will respond to Greece activating S-300 systems against an air force. Moreover, by offering the F-35s, which they did not give us, to Greece, America opened the way for it to fall into the same sack with these planes, which the Russian Air Defense Systems supposedly avoided.

“WE WOULD NEVER USE F-35S AND S-400S IN THE SAME SYSTEM, ACCORDING TO OUR PROMISE TO THE SUPPLIER COUNTRY”

  • We would never, never use F-35s and S-400s in the same system, as we promised to the supplier country. But no one should doubt that Greece, which knows no legal, moral or humanitarian borders, will commit this recklessness. I would also like to remind you that the US has also excluded India’s S-400 procurement. So, the issue is not the use of Russian Air Defense Systems and the military products of the United States, but Turkey itself.

“WE ARE A COUNTRY THAT HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP EVERY TECHNOLOGY WE NEED, BUILD ANY WORK AND PROVIDE ANY SERVICE”

  • They didn’t give us the F-35. They were reacting to the alternative defense systems we received. They were imposing an embargo; Frankly, we don’t care. We are a country that has the ability, capacity and determination to produce every product that is denied to us sooner or later; We are Turkey. We are a country that has had the opportunity to develop every technology we need, to build every work, to offer every service in line with our own vision and goals. The only meaning for us to provide the planes we demand and to provide support on any issue is a sign of friendship towards our country. Turkey has come to a level that can cut its own core in the defense industry, as in every field, on the infrastructure we have established in the last 20 years.”


Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Gündem by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.

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