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The Greek government decided to procure 30 fighter aircraft of the U.S. type F-16, which is already in the Hellenic Air Force’s (HAF) inventory. Such a procurement calls for filling the gap in the HAF jet fighter fleet due to attrition and to satisfy an interim need of third-generation aircraft.
At the same meeting, the Greek government decided to bring the even more important acquisition of 30 (plus ten combat) aircraft of the latest-generation type on the agenda of one of the next National Security Council (KYSEA) meetings, which are expected to take place later this year.
EADS is convinced that on one of the forthcoming KYSEA meeting the most modern combat aircraft Eurofighter will be the number one for the HAF, as this aircraft is seen as the perfect weapon system to increase the defence capabilities for Greece. Johann Heitzmann, President and CEO of EADS Military Aircraft, stated that - in contradiction to misleading news agency reports - the decision of the Greek government does not pre-empt anything in terms of an Eurofighter procurement in this country. “In contrary, we and our partners within the programme feel ourselves to be in a very good position, as the European product Eurofighter not only offers unique operational capabilities for the Hellenic Air Force, but also is the key for numerous political and industrial advantages for Greece.” Heitzmann said that the Eurofighter procurement will also strengthen the close link between Athens and its European partners.