FMS Greece Pursuing More Block 52+ F-16C/D Aircraft

Released on Tuesday, October 25, 2005
United States of America
F-16C Block 32
F-16C Block 52
F-16D Block 52
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
IFF - Identification Friend or Foe
LANTIRN - Low Altitude Targeting InfraRed for Night
MDE - Major Defense Equipment
MIDS-LVT - Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece of 40 F-16C/D Block 52+ aircraft as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $3.1 billion.

The Government of Greece has requested a possible sale of Major Defense Equipment (MDE) 40 F-16C/D Block 52+ aircraft with F100-PW-229 engines and APG-68(V)9 radars; 42 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems; 40 AN/AVS-9 Generation III Aviation Night Vision Goggles; 190 LAU-129/A Launchers; 48 Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT); 3 Link-16 Ground Stations; 10 LANTIRN Targeting pods; 11 Reconnaissance pods; 2 Reconnaissance Ground Stations; 40 APX-113 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems; 43 AN/ALQ-187 Advanced Self-Protection Integrated Suites; 6 spare F100-PW-229 engines; 3 APG-68(V)9 spare radar sets; 4 AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapons; 6 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (3 BLU-110 and 3 MK-84 bomb bodies); 4 Wind Compensated Munitions Dispenser; Associated support equipment, software development/integration, modification kits, capability to employ a wide variety of munitions, spares and repair parts, flight test instrumentation, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related requirements to ensure full program supportability will also be provided. The estimated cost is $3.1 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States (U.S.) by improving the military capabilities of Greece and enhancing weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S. forces.

The Government of Greece needs these capabilities for mutual defense, regional security, modernization, U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) interoperability. The modernization of Greece's F-16 fleet will increase the effectiveness of its contribution and capabilities to future NATO, coalition, and anti-terrorism operations. This will also enhance Greece's ability to patrol the nation's extensive coastline and borders against future threats, contribute to the Global War on Terrorism, and to NATO operations. This modernization will be provided in accordance with, and subject to the limitation on use and transfer provided under the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, and as embodied in the Letter of Offer and Acceptance.

This proposed sale will not adversely affect either the military balance in the region or U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus questions.

The principal contractors will be: BAE Advanced Systems, Greenlawn, New York; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth Texas; Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida; L3 Communications, Arlington, Texas; Boeing Corporation (McDonald Douglas Corporation), St. Louis, Missouri Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems Company, Goleta, California Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona; Northrop-Grumman Electro-Optical Systems, Garland, Texas; Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore, Maryland; Pratt & Whitney United Technology Company, East Hartford, Connecticut.

Offset agreements associated with this proposed sale are expected. They are undetermined at this time but will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and contractors.


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