What response for Ankara to the rapid modernization of the Greek armies?

According to the Greek director general of armaments and investments, Theodoros Lagios, Athens would have transmitted to Washington a formal request with a view to acquiring 18 to 24 F35XA combat aircrafts in a short delay, of which the first 6 would be second-hand aircrafts with a low number of flying hours, and which could be transferred to the Hellenic Air Force in the first half of 2021. This potential order, which is obviously the consequence of a intense negotiation between the US and Greek authorities on Defense issues, also focusing on the acquisition of 4 MMSC frigates, is added to that of 18 Rafale aircrafts in F3R standard which will soon be approved by the Greek parliament.

On the other hand, various modernization programs relating to the Mirage 2000-5 and F-16 fighter jets (which will be carried to block 70 Viper), as well as on the Meko 200 frigates in service in the Hellenic armies, have been signed these last months, or will be in the near future. Obviously, therefore, Athens has undertaken a vast effort to intensively and rapidly strengthen its military assets, largely in response to the multiple tensions between the Greek and Turkish authorities, as well as their armies, in last months.

The Greek air force will also receive 18 Rafale fighter jets at the F3R standard from 2021 at the rate of 1 per month.

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