Si the United States and some Europeans tend to soften their positions vis-à-vis Turkey, the Greek authorities and military, for their part, are far from sharing this hope regarding a possible change of method and objectives on the part of the Turkish President, R. T Erdogan, and a normalization of relations with Ankara. While Greece can rely on solid growth of 8,1% in 2021 and more than 7% expected in 2022, and its public finances are again in the green, Athens can now focus on modernizing its its land forces, after having devoted significant efforts to modernizing its air forces with the acquisition of 24 Rafale aircraft and the modernization of 80 F-16s to the latest Block 70 standard, as well as its naval forces, with the acquisition of Type 214 submarines and FDI frigates.
For this, Athens will probably turn to its historical partner, the German Krauss Maffei Wegman, who has just submitted a proposal deemed very attractive by the Greek authorities. The German group is proposing to upgrade the 183 Leopard 2A4s currently in service with the Greek armies to the A7 standard, and to modernize 190 of its Leopard 1 A5s for an amount of €1.3 billion, including the creation of a maintenance in the country. In addition, KMW is offering Athens to equip the 183 Leopard 2A7s with Israeli Rafael's Trophy hard-kill active protection system, in a configuration similar to that chosen by the Bundeswehr (but for only 17 of its tanks) for a additional cost of €600m, including the installation of the system by the German manufacturer. According to the website Defensereview.gr, the proposal was reportedly welcomed by Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos during a meeting with the German ambassador in Athens yesterday.
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