ATHENS ($1=0.96 Euros) — According to Skai.Gr, one of the leading media in Greece, a few hours ago Greece prepared an official letter requesting the purchase of 40 F-35A stealth fighter jets, 20 of which have been identified and 20 are optional.
- Greece can buy F-35 fighters, but not earlier than in five years
- Greece equips its F-16s with Harpoon Block II and AGM-88E AARGM
- Greece has bought six more Dassault Rafale 4++ fighters and now has 24
Greek sources have signed the official request to buy the F-35 and will hand it over to US authorities in a few hours, Skai Gr sources quoted him as saying. The Greek Minister of Defense and high-ranking military personnel from the Greek army will travel to the United States in the coming days to speed up the search.
Greece made an official LoR offer for 24 aircraft, 18 + 6, for obsolete F-4E AUP aircraft in 2020. But at that time, the US Embassy in Greece said: “We are working to make it stronger every day, including the future purchase of the F-35 from Greece. The road to the acquisition of the F-35 is, of course, a multi-year process that will build on the success of the Greek F-16 Viper modernization program.”
Now Greece wants an F-35 for the second time. This proposal provides for the delivery of 20 + 20 F-35. The F-4E AUP aircraft are expected to take their place around 2028, and the aircraft will start decommissioning. The Greek Air Force plans to purchase 150 modern 4.5 and 5th generation fighters by 2030.
Recent purchases by the Greek Air Force
Greece signed the contract for 18 Rafale fighter jets from France on January 25, 2021. This number was later increased to 24 with the purchase of an additional 6. With additional orders, 40 Dassault Rafale fighter jets are planned to be delivered to the Greek Air Force by 2025. In addition to Generation 4.5 Rafale aircraft with AESA radar, Greece also delivers SCALP Cruise Missile, Exocet Anti-Ship Missile, and MICA air-to-air missile. air and METEOR RamJet air-to-air propulsion rocket.
Last year, Greece decided to upgrade 82 F-16 fighter jets to the Block 70 configuration. In this direction, the American company Lockheed Martin continues to work on the Greek F-16 Block 70 Modernization program. Greece, on the other hand, is upgrading its Block 50 fighter jets with parts of Block 52+ aircraft upgraded to the Block 70 configuration.
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