A multinational air drill kicked off in Greece with the participation of air elements, personnel and observers from numerous countries, Greek authorities said on Monday.
The INIOCHOS 23 air exercise is participated by Greece, France, the US, Italy, Saudi Arabia, India, Spain, Jordan, Slovenia, and the Republic of Cyprus with various aerial vehicles including fighter jets, drones, helicopters, training planes, and joint terminal attack controller teams, according to a statement by the Greek National Defense General Staff.
Observers from Germany, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Morocco, Montenegro, Bahrain, Slovakia, and Tunisia will also monitor the exercise, it added.
The elements are to be stationed in the Andravida Air Base in southwestern Greece but exercises will be held in the wider area of Athens flight information region, according to the statement.
The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) participated in the drills where it used its F-15SA fighters, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Air Force Lt. Colonel Essam bin Mohammed Khawaji, the Commander of the RSAF group participating in the exercise, stated that the exercise was carried out with professionalism and the highest levels of safety, affirming keenness to represent the Saudi armed forces very well to reflect its global status.
He further said that the exercise aims to raise the level of combat readiness of the RSAF in support of the working relationship between the participating air forces.