November 18, 2014 (by Asif Shamim) - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece for F-16 sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $188 million.
Front view of HAF F-16D block 52 #617 parked on the tarmac with opened canopy and ladders ready. [Photo by Tokunaga]
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 17.
The Government of Greece
has requested the continuation of sustainment support for the Hellenic Air Force
’s F-16 aircraft, which includes the Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program; International Engine Management Program; F-16 Technical Coordination Program; and Aircraft Structural Integrity Program; aircraft hardware and software support; repair and return; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; support equipment; minor modifications; U.S. government and contractor technical and engineering support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $188 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO
The Government of Greece needs this aircraft support to ensure its F-16 fleet is properly sustained and modernized to maintain interoperability with the United States and other NATO countries. The continued support and maintenance of Greece’s F-16 fleet will ensure the effectiveness of its capabilities and ability to support future contributions to NATO operations.
The proposed sale of this support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be Lockheed Martin in Ft Worth, Texas; and Northrup Grumman in Baltimore, Maryland. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Greece.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.