The Greek Government turned on the green light to upgrade 85 F-16 fighter jets to the advanced Viper standard.

Greece F-16 modernization deal Viper
Greece approves F-16 modernization deal.

The Greek Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense approved an agreement with the United States to upgrade 85 F-16 combat aircraft to the advanced Viper configuration, reported Sputnik.

According to the Greek Defense Ministry, the deal will amount to about 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion), including 10-15 percent discount. The first modernized jet will be delivered to Greece in two years and the whole batch by 2028.

The Lockheed Martin F-16V is the latest and most advanced F-16 on the market today. The F-16V configuration includes numerous enhancements such as an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a large-format, high-resolution display; and a high-volume, high-speed data bus. In addition, the operational capabilities are enhanced through a Link-16 Theater Data Link, Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod, advanced weapons, precision GPS navigation, and the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS). These advanced features will allow the F-16V to operate or face with the fifth-generation aircraft.

The upgrade will improve Greece’s capability to meet current and future security threats. Greece mainly intends to balance its air force with that of Turkey, which is currently the main enemy. Turkey is aiming to considerably strengthen its military aviation by purchasing F-35 jets from the United States. Greece currently employs a mix of F-16s in Block 30, Block 50, Block 52+, and Block 52+ Advanced configurations.

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Written by Matteo Sanzani

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