US approves potential $162 million helicopter support package for Greece


The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Greece of follow-on support for S-70 helicopters, Ekathimerini has reported.

The support package is worth an estimated $162 million and the principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, MD. 

According to a statement by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency, the Greek government requested to buy follow-on support and sustainment of S-70 helicopters, including spare parts, repairs, aircraft mission system upgrades, and existing radar and sonar obsolescence management, among other things.

US approves potential $162 million helicopter support package for Greece. Photo: Hellenic Navy.

In the statement, the Agency said the proposed sale will “enhance stability and maritime security in the Eastern Mediterranean region and contribute to security and strategic objectives of NATO and the United States.”

Greece has recently signed multiple big-ticket arms agreements, including a deal for drones from Israel, Rafale jets from France, and upgrades to its F-16 fleet from the US.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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