Turk­ish chaff un­der scru­tiny

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Turk­ish pi­lots en­gag­ing in mock dog­fights with their Greek coun­ter­parts over the Aegean Sea have re­cently dis­played signs of ner­vous­ness and in­ex­pe­ri­ence, ac­cord­ing to Hel­lenic Air Force sources.

In a mock dog­fight near the is­land of Chios, the pi­lot of one of the Turk­ish jets re­leased chaff in or­der to con­fuse the radar of the Greek jet on its tail. The ac­tion is con­sid­ered un­usual for a mock dog­fight, but mil­i­tary sources said it was the third time this year that a Turk­ish pi­lot had de­ployed chaff. Greek mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties are re­port­edly eval­u­at­ing the be­hav­ior of the Turk­ish pi­lots, es­pe­cially as many of the more ex­pe­ri­enced ones have been de­com­mis­sioned in purges car­ried out by the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment in the af­ter­math of last year’s failed coup at­tempt. Chaff is a coun­ter­mea­sure in which an air­craft re­leases a cloud of small, thin strips of alu­minum to com­pro­mise the radar of pur­suant planes.

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