Photo shows Greek F-4 Phantom drop 12 bombs in Vietnam-style attack during Parmenion drills

If you thought modern combat planes use only a handful of Laser Guided Bombs you were wrong.

On Oct. 2, several assets belonging to the Hellenic Armed Forces attended the final phase of the national joint exercise “PARMENION 2014”  held from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, throughout the territory of Greece and within Athens FIR (Flight Information Region).

F-4 HAF live firing drop

Among the aircraft that took part in the live firing demo in Evros there were four F-4E AUP Phantom II of the 338 Squadron, firing 12 Mk82 (500lbs) dumb bombs each.

F-4 HAF live firing top

Here are some images showing the sort-of carpet bombing by the 40-year old Phantoms involved in the drills along with F-16s and AH-64 Apache gunship helicopters.


BDA (Battle Damage Assessment) was conducted by RF-4Es, including a Special Color one.


Below is a video with the highlights of the activity on the firing range.

 H/T e-Amyna for the heads-up. Image credit HAF


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  1. oops. Well it was a public event with TV and press involved. So I guess the Israeli officer’s presence was no secret.

  2. First of all, Greeks contribute in NATO missions with numerous assets
    every day. Comments about training in Iraq etc show general lack of
    knowledge. Just a hint about that, Greece is the only EU NATO country
    (that I know of) threatened with standing casus belli from a
    neighbouring country (Turkey). Alois Janíček, is that Czech
    by the way? Now, about the IDF colonel, I’m pretty sure that it is the
    first time I see a name tag worn by any Israeli personnel. If the col. had
    orders to conceal his name, rank etc then probably he shouldn’t be
    wearing that name tag attending a foreign live firing demo full of media
    and cameras. Don’t you agree fellow IDF commentator? After all, this
    video is made by a civilian operated (obviously) news agency who know
    nothing about IDF opsec or whatever else you mean. Nice video by the way.

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