Military Capabilities

Update: Greece moves ahead with F-16 modernisation

01 May 2018

On 30 April, the Greek Ministry of Defence signed and forwarded to the United States the letter of offer and acceptance formally initiating the upgrade of 85 Hellenic Air Force (HAF) F-16 aircraft to the Viper configuration (Block 70/72).

This follows Greek government approval of the upgrade on 28 April under a Foreign Military Sales programme originally announced by the US State Department on 17 October 2017.

The programme, with a total cost of about EUR1.1 billion (USD1.33 billion), will extend the operational lives of 55 F-16 C/D Block 52+ (Peace Xenia III programme) and 30 F-16 C/D Block 52+ Advanced (Peace Xenia IV programme) aircraft to 2048, implemented by Lockheed Martin in the United States and Hellenic Aircraft Industry (HAI) at its Tanagra facilities.

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