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October 18, 2017updated 25 Oct 2017 11:34am

US approves $2.404bn sale of F-16 Fighting Falcon upgrade to Greece

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of an estimated $2.404bn possible foreign military sale of the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft upgrade to Greece.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of an estimated $2.404bn possible foreign military sale of the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft upgrade to Greece.

Under the sale, Greece seeks to upgrade its existing F-16 fleet to an F-16 Block V configuration to strengthen the Hellenic Air Force’s ability to support Nato and remain interoperable with the US and the Nato alliance.

The sale covers the delivery of up to 125 APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars, including two spares and 123 modular mission computers (MMCs).

Greece has also requested 123 LINK-16 multifunctional information distribution system joint tactical radio systems (MIDS-JTRS) with TACAN and EHSI, 123 LN260 embedded global navigation systems (EGI) / inertial navigation systems (INS), and 123 improved programmable display generators (iPDGs).

Also included in the sale are up to 123 APX-126 advanced identification friend or foe (AIFF) combined interrogator transponders (CIT), one joint mission planning system (JMPS), one F-16V simulator, upgrades to two existing simulators, and one avionics level test station.

“Lockheed Martin will serve as principal contractor for the sale.”

Lockheed Martin will serve as principal contractor for the sale.

The proposed sale will also cover the supply of secure communications, cryptographic equipment and navigation equipment, upgrade and integration of the advanced self-protection integrated suite (ASPIS) I to ASPIS II on 26 F-16s and a ground support system.

With the upgrade of the F-16 aircraft to an F-16 Block V configuration, Greece will be able to better respond to current and future combat threats, while it will be able to strengthen its homeland defence and execute counter-terrorism operations.

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


Image: F-16 Fighting Falcon of the Hellenic Air Force with conformal fuel tanks and Advanced IFF (AIFF). Photo: courtesy of K Krallis, SV1XV / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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