Greece Sends Official F-35 Lightning II Purchase Request To The United States

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File picture of 2 Vermont Air National Guard’s F-35 Lightning IIs over

the Midwest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Mota) The Hellenic Air Force could obtain 20 F-35 airplane to create an armada, with a feasible alternative momentarily one. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis introduced on June 30, 2022 that a Letter of Request has actually been sent out to the United States to formally ask for the acquisition of 20 F-35 Lightning II 5th gen airplane. The news got here after the NATO Summit in Madrid, Spain, as well as notes the start of the multi-stage procedure that will certainly bring about the shipment of the very first airplane for the Hellenic Air Force in 2027-2028.

“Our intent is to obtain an F-35 armada with a feasible choice momentarily one. Sending out a Letter of Request (LoR) which has actually taken place in the previous couple of days becomes part of this procedure,” Mitsotakis informed press reporters. “It is a lengthy procedure as well as I am stating this due to the fact that it implies we have the financial room permitting us to make such an acquisition.”

This Letter of Request adheres to an additional one that was apparently sent out in 2020 by the Ministry of National Defense to the U.S. Department of Defense, in which Greece asked for 18-24 F-35 brand-new or utilized by the U.S. Air Force to be supplied in 2021. Some records also mentioned that Greece might have obtained 6 F-35s initially developed for Turkey, if required.

Nothing else information have actually been launched, besides claiming that the Prime Minister went over the purchase of the F-35 throughout his current journey to Washington last month. The Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos as well as the principal of the National Defense General Staff, Konstantinos Floros, are anticipated to take a trip to the United States this month also and also it is secure to think that the F-35 will certainly be among the based on be reviewed.

The procurement of F-35s would certainly “reinforce Greece’s protection abilities, strengthen US-Greek NATO interoperability, protecting local security,” United States Ambassador to Greece George Tsunis, claimed in a tweet complying with a conference recently in between Minister Panagiotopoulos and also authorities from the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office.

The feasible acquisition of the F-35 is simply among the lots of procurement programs of the Greek protection in the last couple of years, started in order to improve the militaries after stress with Turkey rose once more. Greece as well as Turkey have actually been at probabilities for years over a collection of concerns, however the present safety and security circumstance which complied with the Russian intrusion in Ukraine better worsened the demand to improve the army throughout Europe.

About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso is an independent reporter as well as factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s additionally examining to attain a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions and also OSINT strategies put on the globe of existing problems as well as armed forces procedures are amongst his locations of knowledge.

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