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17 January, 2000
National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said on Saturday that Greece would have an integrated anti-aircraft system from 2001, boosting overall defense and security.
The S-300 missile system installed in the island of Crete would be fully integrated into the country's defense system in a few months. The missiles would cover 40% of the distance between Crete and Cyprus, Tsohatzopoulos said.
In addition, the whole of national airspace would be covered by Patriot missiles from 2001, he told a news conference in the Cretan town of Ierapetra.
On a tour of the southern island, the minister is due back in Athens on Sunday evening.
Source: Athens News Agency