Greece has officially demanded the purchase of many advanced F-35 fighters from the United States. The decision to buy them was signed in Athens on Wednesday, and the request will be sent within hours, the media reported.
Athens already has that intention Visit of Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsutakis Greek Defense Minister Nicos Panagiotopros and Defense Chief of Staff Constantinos Floros will travel to Washington in May while they plan to travel to the United States on July 28.
In December 2021, the US Congress US and Greek Defense and Inter-Parliamentary Union Law Pave the way for future purchases of F-35 fighters by Greece.
In January 2020, Defense Minister Panagiotopros revealed. Acquired 24 F-35s for US $ 3 billion.
The Letter of Request (LoR) is the first step in a long process.
According to exclusive information from SKAI TVGreece demands deployment 20 F35 aircraftOf another 20 jokes, as previously announced by the Prime Minister, and under conditions.
The immediate start of the F-35 aircraft acquisition process was announced by Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos in the aftermath of the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States.
The Defense Minister met with an executive of the Joint Strike Fighter Program Secretariat for the F-35 fighter a month ago.
Panagiotopoulos said the staff would take necessary steps in the light of current defense equipment supply procedures.
During the meeting, it was emphasized that the acquisition of the F-35 aircraft, which further strengthens national deterrence and interoperability between the Greek and US forces, reflects the strategic level of bilateral defense relations.
Athens is reportedly focused on buying 24 F-35 stealth fighters.
After the LoR was sent, Greece Reportedly We wait for US responses regarding availability, costs, and delivery schedules.
This process will take some time, but both sides are determined to complete it by the end of next year.
The positive reaction of the United States to Greece’s request begins the process of concluding the agreement, followed by the training of production, pilots and technical staff.
If all goes well, delivery of the new 5th generation fighter will begin in 2028.
At the same time, you need to work on the combat wing infrastructure that houses the new fighters.
https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2022/06/29/f-35-greece-letter-of-request-usa/ Greece signs formal request for acquisition of F-35 from the United States