Greece received 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and a Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at the port of Volos on 16 May. The US-sourced rotorcraft package is intended to significantly boost the capabilities of the Hellenic Army’s aviation branch, Elliniki Aeroporia Stratou (EAS).
The former US Army OH-58Ds were received through the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme. The shipment, which was agreed in 2018, consists of 36 fully equipped aircraft, plus 24 that lack certain avionics, navigation, and communication equipment, and will be dedicated to training. The remaining 10 airframes are to be used for spares.
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