Lockheed Martin announced that it will launch the upgrade of 85 Greek F16 fighter jets to the Block 70/72 Viper configuration next Monday.
While the value of the contract was not mentioned, an earlier US DoD announcement of a foreign military sale approval of F-16 upgrade to Greece had quoted a figure of US$ 2.404 billion.
The company’s VP Business Development Initiatives in Europe Dennys Plessas said during a press conference yesterday in Athens that “a great part of the upgrade will take place in Greece.”
The first two years will be spent on engineering for the prototype and the registration of the systems. The installation on Greek fighter jets will take place during the third year of the program, and the Hellenic Airforce pilots will be trained in the fourth year. The training is anticipated to be brief, as he said, because of the expertise of Greek fighter pilots.
The upgrade of the 85 warplanes to Vipers “will provide the Hellenic Airforce with an entirely new aircraft, as the only element we shall keep is the fuselage,” Plessas said. He added that the F-16s and the fifth-generation F-22 and F-35 share some technology, including the new radars to be installed (digital sweeping model APG83).
In October 2017, the US state department had approved a US$2.4 billion project to upgrade Greek F-16s to the Block 70/72 Viper configuration which among other enhancements includes an APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar that significantly enhances the aircraft’s ability to identify and engage enemy aircraft.
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
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Greece is in talks with the US and Bulgaria to sell its old F-16 fighter jets to Sofia and leasing new ones from Washington, Kathimerini, a local newspaper reported Oct 10. NATO asked Bulgaria in February to update its air forces capability and the countrys defense officials have approached Athens about the possibility of buying between six and eight Fighting Falcon planes, an unnamed source was quoted as saying by the newspaper
Sweden has positioned itself as a contender for the Greek jet fighter program by offering up its Gripen as an alternative to the French Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, and the Boeing F-18E Super Hornet. Greece is pursuing a two-round procurement strategy in its pursuit of a new state-of-the-art combat aircraft
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