Greece buys F-35 – EU


The return of Greek air superiority over Turkey in the coming years is expected by Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panayotopoulos, who in an interview with Sky TV confirmed Greece’s interest in acquiring a squadron of ultra-modern F-35 fighter jets, BTA reports.

The Prime Minister Kiriakos MitsotakisKiriakos MitsotakisKiriakos Mitsotakis – Greek economist and politician.

Mitzotikis was born in Athens on March 4, 1968. already talked about it during his visit to the US days ago.

Greece’s interest in the F-35 is considered by analysts to be particularly important after Turkey dropped out of the program. Our southeastern neighbor lost the opportunity to get the new fighter jet after deciding to buy C-400 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia. Greece plans to buy 24 F-35s (ie approximately two squadrons) for more than 3 billion euros, with negotiations on how to pay. For comparison, Bulgaria bought 8 F-16Vs – a modern modification of an older generation aircraft for about 1 billion euros.

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The Greek deal is expected to be realized after 2024. Meanwhile, Athens is beginning a major modernization of its more than 80 F-16s, which will be upgraded to the Viper standard (ie up to the level of the newly produced 8 machines Bulgaria has purchased – bp). This will be a long process – 7-8 years, because aircraft will have to be on duty. The French Mirage 2000 fighter jets will also be upgraded, “with which Greece will now be able to talk about regaining its air superiority over Turkey,” according to the minister.

There are also proposals regarding the purchase of new warships for the Greek Navy. Panayotopoulos said there were two ways to acquire military equipment – either directly or through surplus US weapons.

Turkey also plans to send F-16 fighters to northern Cyprus when needed

Greece and Turkey have had complicated relations for decades because of cases such as the 1970s Cyprus conflict, sheltering participants in the coup attempt Recep ErdoganRecep ErdoganRecep Tayyip Erdogan – Turkish politician and prime minister. Born February 26, 1954 in Istanbul.

It’s over and, in recent months, gas wells in parts of the Mediterranean for which border issues are not fully settled.


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