Washington approves USD 8.6 billion sale of F-35 fighters to Greece

By Defence Industry Europe

The U.S. Department of State has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of up to 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A (Conventional Take Off and Landing) aircraft and related equipment to Greece.

 

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the estimated cost of a future contract is USD 8.6 billion. This amount covers the sale of F-35A Lightning II fighter jets and many elements of related equipment, including 42 (40 installed and 2 spares) F135-PW-100 engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney.

 

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“The proposed sale will allow Greece to modernize its air force and improve Greece’s ability to provide for the defense of its airspace, contribute to NATO missions to preserve regional security and defend NATO Allies, and maintain interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces. The F-35 will offset the increasing obsolescence of other Hellenic Air Force aircraft such as the F-4 and Mirage 2000. Greece will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces,” DSCA said in a statement.

 

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