Greece to upgrade its F-16 fleet to block V configuration

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Unread post10 Feb 2018, 21:47

Greece has no money.

Will Europe sponsorship pay for the upgrade?

That would drive Erdoclown more and more into the Russian camp.
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Unread post10 Feb 2018, 22:41

Sensible move by the HAF.
"When a fifth-generation fighter meets a fourth-generation fighter—the [latter] dies,”
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Unread post12 Feb 2018, 15:33

vilters wrote:Greece has no money. Will Europe sponsorship pay for the upgrade?.


Greece has no money to pay debt or for it's people but Greece have money for defence.
I have spoken to Greek officers and they were all very serious about the Turkish threat. Surprisingly for me, they perceived Turkey as a real and present threat and voices appeared that the issue of some conflict is only a matter of time.

Europe will never sponsor American equipment. They might transfer some second-hand equipment for free and expect Greece pay for maintenance and repair.
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Unread post14 Feb 2018, 06:30

Greece has kept it's F-4 flying after all these years, I can't begin to imagine how long their F-16's will be kept flying...
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Unread post29 Apr 2018, 20:25

Latest news are that only blk52+, 52+adv will be upgraded to V configuration. Total 83 F-16s.
There are some plans that older blk50 may be upgraded to blk 50+ adv (with components from the upgraded planes), but this will be a different program.
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Unread post30 Apr 2018, 20:04

Probably taking the radars from the block 52+'s and installing these in the block 50's.
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Unread post13 Sep 2018, 21:36

"HAF's upgrade program of F-16s to "Vipers" will start this Monday (09/17)" stated by Dennis Plessas Lockheed Martin’s VP Business Development Initiatives in Europe.
This will provide HAF with 85 F-16Vs (blocks 52+ and 52+adv to be upgraded).

https://www.thenationalherald.com/21319 ... rt-monday/
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Unread post15 Sep 2018, 15:58

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Unread post07 Feb 2021, 14:03

6 Feb 2021
The first upgraded F-16 Viper of the Hellenic Air Force will land on Wednesday at the aerospace facility in Fort Worth, Texas, currently owned by the US Air Force and operated by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, where, for a few months, it will undergo final tests.

Its long journey, of some 10,000 kilometers, started on Thursday afternoon from the 114th Battle Wing at the Tanagra Air Base in northern Attica.

American insignia were affixed to the aircraft, which was also legally registered with the United States Air Force (USAF) in order to avoid problems flying into the country’s airspace.

This means that until it returns to Greece, for legal reasons, the plane has been registered as part of the USAF fleet.

The jet has made a stop at a US Air Force base in Belgium where it will remain until Wednesday morning, when it will depart with three other F-16s from other countries for its final destination in Texas.

https://www.ekathimerini.com/262079/art ... y-to-texas
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