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Greece interested in 40 new F-16C/D Block 52+ aircraft

October 27, 2005 (by Lieven Dewitte) - On 25 October 2005, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency 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.

HAF F-16C/D block 52 #526 & #607 are flying a CAP mission over the Adriatic. [Photo by John]

The Government of Greece has requested a possible sale of:
  • 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-10 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.

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