Analysis Equip the Cyprus National Guard with Mistrals, helicopters and rocket launchers

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The old material of the National Guard is expected to be upgraded through armament programs. It seems, in fact, that there is an antidote to Turkish "bayraktar" type drones. These are the anti-aircraft "Mistral", which are of French manufacture and origin.

The planning of the National Guard includes, among others, the following:

1. Partial replacement of the old air defense systems with the purchase of the French new generation "Mistral", which have a range of 8 km, ie about 21,000 feet. It is noted that the Turkish drones "bayraktar" can fly up to 22 to 23 thousand feet.

2. The purchase of multiple rocket launchers from Serbia with a range of about 40 km is planned. These launchers can also use smart missiles, as they are called, umbrella type, aimed at chariots on the battlefield. Two Squadrons of 155 mm Nora self-propelled guns have already been purchased. Serbia is a cheap and reliable market.

3. Tenders have already been announced for the purchase of modern combat helicopters. So far, French and Italian companies are participating in the offers. It is not ruled out that helicopters will be purchased from European markets, but missiles will also be preferred from the Israeli market due to reliability and political expediency. Already, Russian Mi-35P helicopters have been sold to Serbia with the consent of the manufacturer.

4. An agreement has been concluded with France for the supply of modern "Exocet" with a range of 180 kilometers in order to cover the Cyprus EEZ. They are expected to be delivered and be operational by 2023.

5. There are plans for the repair of Russian T-80 tanks. In general, all the weapons systems of the National Guard want to be renewed and repaired due to old age, which means that the defense budget will have to be increased in order for the citizen to feel more secure due to the ever-increasing Turkish threat.
 

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The in-depth examination of the proposals submitted by various countries for the supply of the National Guard (NF) with a system that will strengthen the anti-aircraft umbrella of Cyprus, has been completed by the Ministry of Defense.

In particular, the strengthening of the anti-aircraft umbrella of Cyprus will be done through the acquisition for the needs of the National Guard of a defense anti-missile system, capable of dealing with any threat that will fly over the national airspace of Cyprus.

At the same time, it is in the evaluation phase of the bids submitted for the purchase of multi-role military helicopters by European countries in replacement of the existing Russian Mi-35s owned by the Hellenic Armed Forces. The specific type of helicopter that the Cyprus is looking for has the ability to fly day and night, to transport a number of soldiers, to conduct search and rescue and to launch missiles.

At the same time, the procedures for the arrival of the new generation of French anti-ship missiles Exocet Block 3C in Cyprus as soon as possible are underway after the signing of the relevant agreement in France.

 

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In my opinion, the following are candidate helicopters

Airbus H145M and Spike ER2

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Airbus H160M

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Leonardo AW139M

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In my opinion, the following are candidate air-defence systems...


Israeli SPYDER MR or LR

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French ASTER 30 SAMP/T

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