US Approves $2.4 Billion Upgrade to Greece’s F-16 Aircraft to F-16V Configuration

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US Approves $2.4 Billion Upgrade to Greece’s F-16 Aircraft to F-16V Configuration
Greece to Upgrade F-16 Fleet to F-16V Configuration

The US State Department has approved a possible sale to the Government of Greece for an upgrade of F-16 aircraft to an F-16 Block V configuration estimated to cost $2.4 billion.

Greece currently employs a mix of F-16s in Block 30, Block 50, Block 52+, and Block 52+ Advanced configurations.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin of Fort Worth, TX. Greece typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between Greece and the contractor.

The upgrade to an F-16 Block V configuration includes up to one hundred twenty-five (125) APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars (includes two (2) spares); one hundred twenty-three (123) Modular Mission Computers (MMCs); one hundred twenty-three (123) LINK-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS-JTRS) with TACAN and EHSI; one hundred twenty-three (123) LN260 Embedded Global Navigation Systems (EGI)/Inertial Navigation Systems (INS); and one hundred twenty-three (123) Improved Programmable Display Generators (iPDGs).

Also included in the proposed sale are up to one hundred twenty-three (123) APX-126 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) Combined Interrogator Transponders (CIT); one (1) Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); one (1) F-16V Simulator; upgrade to two (2) existing simulators; one (1) Avionics Level Test Station; Secure Communications, cryptographic equipment and navigation equipment; upgrade and integration of the Advanced Self-Protection Integrated Suite (ASPIS) I to ASPIS II on twenty-six (26) F-16s; Ground Support System, systems integration and test; spares and repair parts.

The total estimated program cost is $2.404 billion.

The upgrade of F-16 aircraft to an F-16 Block V configuration will bolster the Hellenic Air Force’s ability to support NATO and remain interoperable with the U.S. and the NATO alliance. 

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 16, 2017.

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