While Syria and Turkey are involved in a war of words over the downed Turkish Phantom F-4 by Syrian military, Greeks show in a video how a radar locked Turkish F-4 looks like. It is almost a daily practice for the Greek artillery that its radars lock Turkish fighter jets as they illegally enter Greek airspace. However Greeks do not push the button….
Video: Greek SA-8 AntiAir System locks Turkish F-4 via Defense Portal Onalert.grembedded by Embedded Video
Last Friday, a Turkish Phantom F-4 fighter jet was shot down by Syrian artillery. Syrians claim the jet had entered the Syrian airspace, Turks claim the plane was shot without a warning. Turkey considers the downing of the jet as a “hostile act” and summoned its NATO partners for a meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Ankara sought to activate NATO article 5, which allows NATO partners to take joint action in order to defend its member, attacked from a country outside the North Atlantic Alliance..
NATO Article 5
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area. (more in NATO’s website)
PS That would be a logical “cause” for the NATO to oust Syrian President Assad – but who wants to be involved in a war when the euro zone is falling apart? Or exactly, what’s why?