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Greece Deal with Lockheed Seals Major Air Force Upgrade
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Hellenic Air Force F-16 takes part at the annual military parade in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Hellenic Air Force F-16 takes part at the annual military parade at the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece during a military parade, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The parade is held to celebrate Greece's refusal to align itself with a belligerent fascist Italy in 1940 and instead fight a much stronger opponent, a decision which dragged it into World War II and eventually led to a brutal occupation by Nazi Germany. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
28 Dec 2019
The Associated Press | By Derek Gatopoulos
Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years as the country emerges from a financial crisis and faces renewed tension with neighbor and fellow NATO member Turkey.
The defense ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalizing details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor.

The defense minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class in a program estimated at $1.5 billion.
He said the speed of the upgrade would be determined by how many aircraft are required to remain in active service.
The U.S. State Department approved the potential deal in 2017, saying it advanced U.S. objectives "by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which is an important partner for political stability and economic progress in Europe."
Greece faced years of defense funding cuts during a financial crisis that required three international bailouts between 2010 and 2018 to save the euro zone member from bankruptcy.
The country has expanded defense ties with the United States in recent years, wary of Turkey's military expansion. Disputes between the neighbors over airspace and maritime boundaries, as well as drilling rights for oil and gas in the East Mediterranean, remain unresolved.
That tension has escalated in recent months after Turkey sent drilling vessels off the northern coast of war-divided Cyprus and reached a maritime pact with Libya seen as challenging agreements between Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Egypt.
On a visit to Athens in October, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed a revised defense cooperation pact with Greece expanding U.S. military activities at three Greek bases and increasing operations at an American naval base at Souda Bay, on the island of Crete.
The agreement was submitted to Greece's parliament this week for ratification. A senior U.S. official in October asserted that bolstering military ties with Greece was unrelated to events in Turkey. The official spoke on condition of anonymity given that the agreement had not yet been formally ratified.
"It wasn't the logic when we started this project. It was much more from the perspective of the United States has a national security interest in ensuring that Turkey remains anchored in the West," the official said. "We believe that Greece has the same interest."
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The defense minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class in a program estimated at $1.5 billion.
Everyone is going after the Viper except the Soufa and Egypt.
 

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Everyone is going after the Viper except the Soufa and Egypt.
The US is reluctant to do any upgrade for F-16 Egypt has in its inventory. Not even a small upgrade to block 52 let alone approving the viper.
 

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Egypt only inked for a engine upgrade on their F-16s and there was talks of the Egyptians procuring an additional 24 F-16s, however the Egyptians been buying other jets such as the Rafale, MiG-35 and Su-35 so they are ok for now and they are aligned with Greece due to a common enemy.
Greece has been on the buying spree including eyeing 4 Gowind-2500s + 2 FTIs (+2 options), F-16V upgrade and negotiating for NSM coastal launchers and looking to buy the DM2A4 Torpedoes. Also with this being said, a Greek friend of mine mentioned there is a good potential chance of a number of F-16Vs from the HAF being deployed to Cyprus after the US weapon embargo has been lifted.
 
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