Greece Approves Defense Agreement Between Israeli and Greek Defense Ministries

YERUSHALAYIM -
Cyprus’ Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides (C) shares an elbow bump with his Israeli counterpart Benny Ganz (L), on his first visit to Cyprus and his Greek counterpart Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos (R) right, ahead of their meeting aimed at bolstering defense ties in the Cypriot capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Nov. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

The agreement, which will be signed by both Defense Ministries, includes the establishment and operation of a flight school for the Hellenic Air Force, by Elbit Systems. It also includes the procurement of ten M-346 aircraft (Lavi), the maintenance of T-6 aircraft (Efroni), as well as the provision of simulators, training and logistic support. The G-to-G agreement amounts to around $1.68 billion and will span over 20 years.

Defense Minister, Benny Gantz: “This agreement reflects the excellent and developing relations we have with Greece. It is a long-term partnership that will serve the interests of both Israel and Greece, create hundreds of jobs in both countries, and promote stability in the Mediterranean. In the phone call that I received after the agreement was approved, I thanked my friend the Greek Minister of Defense, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, and expressed my appreciation for his personal involvement in advancing this project. I also commended the recent strengthening of defense relations between our countries and noted my expectation that these will deepen further. ”

In the near future, SIBAT, the Directorate for International Defense Cooperation in the Israel Ministry of Defense, and Elbit Systems will sign the agreement to establish the Greek flight school. Modeled after the Israel Air Force (IAF) flight academy, the Greek school will be equipped with 10 M-346 training aircraft produced by Italian company, Leonardo. Otherwise known as “Lavi,” these aircraft are also employed in the Israeli flight school and are considered very successful.