Thanks, pretty much why I suggested it. Known in the trade as a sitting duck. The UK, like most of NATO, has virtually no SAMs deployed at airfields anywhere as they never needed them in their activities over the past 25+ years. Like most of the West we are bankrupt and, with a profit hungry MIC to support, don't or can't spend wisely.d_taddei2 wrote:
I was stationed at Akrotiri, and the two mountain bases of Troodos and Mount Olympus (very top of mountain next to Cypriot army base), and i can tell you that none of the bases have any air defence. Troodos was guarded by ourselves which was 4 guys on the main gate and 4 guys on rest day, and mount Olympus which had 4-5 guys, and the only weapons we had were SA-80 and LSW, and had a Landrover for transport. Akrotiri had a few fixed wing which was mostly Typhoons and sometimes Tornado but there was times when no fixed wing were present and the Americans had U2's stationed there. The base is pretty exposed and only naval assets were a few RIBS and occasional visit of a something larger. The mole their was even guarded. As for troops at Akrotiri there was a few Cypriot security (unarmed) and one solider on the gate, there was also a few military police on the base armed with pistols, and there was us which acted as QRF which consisted of 4 guys in a landrover yet again armed with SA-80 and LSW, and that was it. from the sea the base is totally exposed and only light fencing around the base. The base we were garrisoned in was Episkopi and that was where most of the Infantry battalion was based. And you also have Dhekelia base which is also infantry base with small airfield for helicopters You also had a small base in Ayios Nikolaos Station which is a joint UK/USA operation which a signals base. Most of the infantry based on the island were in the light role of landrovers, trucks, and occasionally Saxon APC, and i think now they have foxhounds which is a small MRAP vehicle. But no major assets, small arms and ATGW, 81mm mortars, HMG and thats about it for infantry. So yeah pretty exposed in my eyes.
When you are geared for attack against enemies a thousand miles away, unlike Russia geared for defence, you just don't need them. Until the day that changes, when it is too late.