U.S. State Department Approves F-35 Sale to Greece for 8.6 Billion USD

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The U.S. State Department has approved the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of up to 40 F-35A 5th gen. fighter jets to Greece for an estimated cost of 8.6 billion USD. The package also includes engines, support systems, logistics management, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The procurement is expected to be split into two tranches, with the first batch including 20 jets. This purchase is part of Greece’s efforts to modernize its military. In addition to the F-35s, Greece has also requested other aircraft and military equipment such as helicopters, infantry fighting vehicles, and ships.

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Introducing the Hellenic Air Force’s Latest Investment: F-35 Jets from the United States

In a monumental investment, the U.S. State Department has approved the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of up to 40 F-35A 5th gen. fighter jets to Greece. The full package, including 42 Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 engines, is estimated to cost 8.6 billion USD. This was announced by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on Jan. 26, 2024.

The comprehensive package offers numerous systems and equipment to support the operation of the F-35A. Interestingly, the FMS does not mention specific air-to-air or air-to-surface weapons. However, given the substantial cost, it is safe to assume some form of armament will also be part of the deal.

While Greece will eventually operate “up to 40 F-35A” jets, the procurement might be divided into two tranches, with an initial batch of 20 jets and an option for a second batch of 20 more.

This acquisition marks Greece’s largest investment program for the Hellenic Air Force and is part of the country’s efforts to modernize its military. Along with the F-35s, Greece has also requested other advanced military equipment, including C-130Hs, C-130Js, engines for P-3 Orion aircraft, Protector-class ships, M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, and KC-135s.

Fun fact: The Hellenic Air Force is also set to receive 18 Rafale and is upgrading 82 of its F-16C/Ds to the F-16V Block 70 configuration.

This significant investment will undoubtedly bolster Greece’s military capabilities, positioning the Hellenic Air Force as a formidable force in the region.

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