Turkey-Greece war has erupted over the Mediterranean Sea and some islands. Greece was under Ottoman rule for more than 400 years. The record of the Turkey-Greece past war has always been in Turkey’s favor. Yet Turkey is far more powerful militarily than Greece. But in the current tense situation between Turkey and Greece, the European Union has openly sided with Greece.
In addition, if the Greco-Turkish war starts, France may get directly involved in the war on the side of Greece. France is on the field for Greece.
According to the 2020 Global Firepower, Turkey ranks 11th out of 138 countries in terms of military power. Greece, on the other hand, ranks 33rd. In 2019, Turkey’s military budget is 20.04 billion US dollars. Greece’s military budget is 4.3 billion dollars.
Many of Turkey’s modern armaments are self-made. On the other hand, almost all the weapons of Greece are imported except some small arms. They are jointly building a number of weapons, including main battle tanks, with other countries. Not to mention the Greek armaments industry compared to Turkey. With its reliance on the internal arms industry and Russia’s support, Turkey is on its own in the military field.
The total number of Turkish troops is 8 lakh 35 thousand. The number of active troops is 3 lakh 55 thousand. Reserve troops 3 lakh 60 thousand. The total number of Greek troops is 8 lakh 50 thousand. The number of active troops is 2 lakh. Reserve troops 5 lakh 50 thousand. Turkey is the second largest military power in NATO after the United States.
Turkey has a stockpile of 90 B-61 nuclear bombs. There are 5 NATO countries that do not have their own nuclear bombs but others have stockpiles. Turkey is such a country. According to NATO’s nuclear sharing policy, Turkey has stockpiles of these bombs. These nuclear bombs belong to the United States. Of the 90 nuclear bombs stored in Turkey, 40 are earmarked for use by the Turkish Armed Forces. Turkey will be able to use these bombs if a nuclear war breaks out with any country. Turkey also has training in the use of these atomic bombs. The other four NATO members with nuclear bombs are Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. Greece does not have a nuclear bomb.
Turkey has a Russian-made S-400 missile system. The S-400 air defense system is currently considered the best and most advanced in the world. In addition to the S-400, Turkey has several of its own invented short- and medium-range missiles. Greece does not have such an air defense system. Greece has the US short-range MIM23-Hawk and Russia’s medium-range Tor M-1 missile system.
There is a huge energy gap between the Turkish and Greek air forces. The total number of aircraft of the Turkish Air Force is 1,055. The total number of aircraft in the Greek Air Force is 57. Some media outlets have reported that Greece is buying fighter jets from France in Rafale.
Turkey has 206 warplanes while Greece has 17 warplanes. Turkey has 70 military transport planes. Greece has 15 military transport aircraft. Turkey has 28 training aircraft. Greece has 143 training aircraft. Turkey has 17 special mission aircraft. Greece has 6 special mission aircraft.
Turkey has 496 helicopters. Greece has 231 helicopters. Turkey has 100 attack helicopters. Greece has 29 attack helicopters. Turkey has 237 F-16 supersonic fighter jets. In addition, there are 48 US-made F-4 Phantom bombers. The number of engines in the supersonic aircraft is 2. Greece has 154 US F-16 fighter jets. In addition, there are 42 Mirage 2000 in France.
Turkey owns one of the top 10 attack helicopters in the world. Its name is T-129. Its creator is Turkish Aerospace Industry TAI. Turkish T-129 Attack Helicopter An improved version of the Italian A-129 Attack Helicopter. The helicopter is being built by TAI in Turkey with the help of Augusta Westland, a helicopter manufacturer from Leonardo, Italy.
It can carry air-to-air and air-to-ground powerful missiles. Turkey currently has more than 50 T-129 helicopters.
Turkey has 44 US Cobra and Supper Cobra attack helicopters. In addition, there are 11 Chinook transport helicopters. Greece has 29 US Apache helicopters. In addition, there are 25 Chinook helicopters.
Turkey has nine types of military drones of its own making. Notable among these are Bayractor TB-2, Anka, Akinchi. Greece has not been heard of in drone technology. Turkey’s drone technology discussed worldwide after the Idlib war in Syria. Currently, there is a global demand for Turkish drones.
There is also a huge gap between Turkey and Greece in the strength of the ground forces. Turkey has 2,622 tanks. Greece has 1,355 tanks. 6,006 armored vehicles in Turkey. 3,791 Greek armored vehicles. 1,026 self-propelled artillery in Turkey. This number is 547 in Greece. Toude artillery in Turkey is 1,260 while Toude artillery in Greece is 473. Turkey has 438 rocket projectors and Greece has 152 rocket projectors. Now we come to the part where we talk about the middle ground
The Turkish Navy is considered one of the top 10 navies in the world. Turkey’s navy is fast becoming a world-class naval power due to its strong warships, technological advances and self-reliance. Turkey will soon have its own powerful submarines and aircraft carriers. The total number of warships in Turkey is 149. Greece has 116 warships. 16 Turkish frigates. 13 frigates in Greece. 10 Corvettes in Turkey. Greece has no corvettes. 12 Turkish submarines. 11 in Greece. Turkey has 35 patrol ships. Marine Warfare 11 Greece has 35 patrol ships and Marine Warfare has 4. In addition, six self-made attack submarines will be added to the Turkish Navy next year.
Turkey has recently successfully tested powerful anti-ship missiles. Its name is Atmaka. It is Turkey’s first self-invented anti-ship missile. Atmaka Missile 200 has a range of at least 200 km. It is a surface-to-surface missile. Modern A guided missiles are usable in any weather. It has a system to break through the obstacles of the opponent. Even after throwing its target can be changed and canceled. The opponent’s electronic jamming system also cannot resist its attack.
Turkey has successfully tested another multi-role missile ahead of anti-ship missiles. Its name is Sangar. Missiles that can be launched from land, air and ships. It is also Turkey’s own invented missile. It is ready to join the Turkish army after several successful tests. Ismail Damir, head of Presidency Defense Industries, made the announcement on July 1. The Sanger Selp Propelled Surface-to-Air Missile System is capable of destroying cruise missiles, drones and helicopters.
Turkey has successfully tested short- and medium-range air-to-air missiles in 2019. The Turkish army has recently added its own low-altitude Hisar missile, a maritime Atmaka missile, a new version of the T-129 helicopter and an Akinci drone.
Greece’s air defenses are largely ineffective due to Russia’s S-400 missile system near Turkey. The U.S. short-range MIM 23-Hawk could target low-flying aircraft near Greece. On the other hand, Russia’s medium-range Tor M-1 missile system is somewhat stronger. It can counter the threat of aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and short-range ballistic missiles.
Turkey is currently one of the largest arms producers in the world. In addition to meeting the Turkish Army’s own needs, Turkey exports arms to various countries around the world. Turkey has a number of world-class armaments companies, both public and private. In 2019, Turkey exported 2.8 million US dollars worth of weapons.
Turkish-made armored vehicles and main battle tanks are in demand in many parts of the world. Private FNSS, AutoCorm BMC and Nurul Makina made this weapon.
Turkey is currently building the Armored Amphibious Rigsom Anti-Tank Vehicle, Medium and Main Battle Tanks. Turkey has more than a dozen self-made armored vehicles.
The names of the Turkish government armament companies are Presidency Defense Industries, Acelsan, Rocketsan, Turkish Aerospace Industry. On the other hand, Greece imported almost all the weapons of the air, naval and ground forces. They even imported armored and utility vehicles of various forces. Turkey’s various weapons are also in demand in the Middle East, the Far East and NATO member countries. Turkey has joint arms production systems with several countries, including Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, and Azerbaijan.