2013 HAF decided a different approach to operational training adapted
to the security situation so as to meet the following challenges:
- Develop interoperability and standardization between HAF units and
allied Nations Air forces
- Promote Jointness, especially in Air-Land and Air-Sea integration of
tactics, techniques and procedures
- Develop integration of Legacy and Modern assets in the modern
- Prepare air crews for the future battlefield, to fight in a
2014 a new concept was implemented with a medium scale INVITEX type
single base concept exercise.
The single base concept brings together hundreds of participants in
face to face planning, briefing and debriefing thus maximizing
training benefits and promoting cooperation and exchange of ideas on
tactics between participants with different experience.
The exercise is characterized by an intense battle rhythm that is
designed to test all aspects of operational capability of supporting a
high tempo of operations and maximizing the operational use of limited
Iniohos also leverages the exceptional flying environment of Greece,
which displays large volume of airspace and a variety of terrain to
present four distinct theaters of operations.
The exercise scenario begins with a crisis situation that escalates to
a full war giving the opportunity to the participants to be trained in
full scale day and night operations.
fighters A/C have deployed and will fly more than 1000 sorties in 9
operational days. Robust Naval and Army forces provide a full scale
threat and target array which is further augmented with the
co-execution of Army's live exercise "POLIFIMOS" and Navy's
The participants in INIOCHOS 2018 are :
Hellenic Air Force: F-16C/D Block 30/50/52+/52+ Advanced, F-4E AUP, Mirage
2000EG/-5EG/BG, EMB-145H AEW&C
Cyprus National Guard Air Wing: Agusta Westland AW-139
United States Air Force: Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle
Royal Air Force: Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4
Aeronautica Militare Italiana: Tornado IDS MLU
United Arab Emirates Air Force: Mirage 2000-9
Israeli Air Force: F-16C Block 30
the participants are exposed to non-stop fighting, information flow
affects every aspect of the mission thus creates a realistic and
immerse environment where the air crews' tactical flexibility in
decision making is challenged.
To ensure the quality, tactical relevance and valid results, the
Fighter Weapons School has the oversight of all tactical aspects of
The aforementioned characteristics create a unique demanding training
environment that only Iniohos exercise can provide.
The area used by Iniohos participating units includes the whole Athens
FIR (Flight Information Region), in other words the entire greek
airspace, mainlang Greece and her territorial waters.
air forces alternated between " blue air " and " red
air " roles including :
- Air operations versus Integrated Air Defense System (IADS)
- Offensive Counter Air / Airfield Attack / Air Interdiction / Special
Targets (bridges, power stations, vehicles, etc.).
- Anti Surface Warfare
- Slow Mover Protection (SLOMO)
- Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR).
- Dynamic Targeting (DT) / Strike Coordination and Reconnaissance
(SCAR) / Close Air Support (CAS) / Time Sensitive Targets (TST).
- High Value Airborne Asset (HVAA) Protect/Attack
Iniohos 2018 was divided in four phases :
- Phase 1: Preparation
- Phase 2: Force Deployment: 5-7 March 18
- Phase 3: Execution Phase: 12-23 March 18
- Distinguished Visitors Day: 20 March
- Phase 4 : Hot Wash Up: 23 March 18
has now become one of the most competitive INVITEX providing high
SBAP would like to thank the Hellenic Air Force General Staff, the
Fighter Weapons School and 117 Combat Wing for the organization of the
Iniohos 2018 media day and the facilities granted to our team on site.