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US approves combat aircraft for Greece, Turkey

Greece is set to join the growing group of European and international allies operating the F-35, with the US State Department approving the sale of up to 40 aircraft. (Royal Norwegian Air Force)

The United States has approved combat aircraft sales to Greece and Turkey worth a combined USD31.6 billion.

In two separate notifications posted at the same time on 26 January, the US State Department approved the sale of new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to Greece, and new and modernised Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to Turkey.

β€œThe State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sales [FMS] to the government of Greece of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of USD8.6 billion,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said of the first approval. β€œThe State Department has made a determination approving a possible FMS to the Republic of [Turkey] of F-16 aircraft acquisition and modernisation and related equipment for an estimated cost of USD23.0 billion,” it said of the second approval.

For Greece, the F-35A approval covers up to 40 aircraft, related equipment, spares, training, and support. Weapons were not included in the notification, likely following in a later approval. β€œThe F-35 will offset the increasing obsolescence of other Hellenic Air Force aircraft such as the [McDonnell Douglas] F-4 [Phantom II] and [Dassault] Mirage 2000. Greece will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces,” the DSCA said.

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