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Greece military plans modernization of its F-16 fleet: Report

The Greek military aims to modernize its fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and eventually acquire F-35 aircraft.

By Richard Tomkins
Greece military plans modernization of its F-16 fleet: Report
Greece plans on modernizing its F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems

Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Greece plans to modernize its fleet of F-16 fighters and then acquire F-35 aircraft from the Unite States at a later date, according to a news report.

The publication Ekathimerini, quoting unidentified aides of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, said the decision was taken in line with recommendations made by military chiefs.

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Ekathimerini reports that in addition to upgrading existing F-16s and notifying the United States of its interest in procuring the F-35, Greece will also seek maintenance for the military's S300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems.

A letter of request for modernizing the F-16s was signed by Kammenos on Tuesay.

Upgrading Greece's entire fleet of F-16s will cost between $1.7 billion and $2 billion, according to the report, and would be paid over a period of time.

A deal for the maintenance of the S300 missile systems is not yet clear.

Greece has a total of 155 F-16C and F-16D aircraft.

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