No less than 81 aircraft from seven allied nations took part in the 2018 edition.
The Hellenic Air Force participated with eight of their F-16 squadrons. Participating units came from all over Greece: 330, 341 and 347 Mira from Nea Anchialos, 335 and 336 Mira based at Araxos, 337 Mira from Larissa, and 340 and 343 Mira based at Souda Bay.
Not only the frontline F-16’s from the Hellenic Air Force participated in Iniochos 2018. Mirage-2000’s from 114PM based at Tanagra and the old -but still going strong!- F-4E Phantom were part of the large Greek participation. An EMB.145 (used for electronic warfare) from 380 Mira operated from its homebase Elefsis.
Besides the Greek contingent also a small delegation from Cyprus was present with a single AgustaWestland AW-139 for Combat Search and Rescue. The helicopter only participated in the first week of the exercise. Like previous years, the United States Air Force Europe (USAFE) was well represented. This time with thirteen F-15E Stike Eagles from 492th Fighter Squadron; based at RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom. Other NATO allies who joined this large scale exersice were the Italian Air Force with their Tornado IDS fighters from Ghedi and the Royal Air force with their Typhoon FR4 fighters based at RAF Coningsby.
Far less seen in Europe, but becoming a familiar look at Iniochos is participating aircraft from the Middle East. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) was present with four F-16C ‘Barak’ fighters from 117 Squadron based at Ramat David; while the United Arab Emirates sent 6 Mirage-2000-9’s from 71 Squadron based at Al Dhafra Air Base.
With such a diverse participation, it has become clear that the aim of Iniochos to become the largest multinational exercise in Europe is well on its way!