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Building Arsenal, Greece OK’s Purchase of 35 US Blackhawk Helicopters

ATHENS – Greece’s ongoing push to build its weaponry, although now in a detente with Turkey, will include 35 UH-68M Blackhawk helicopters after authorization was given by the government to purchase them from US defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

It’s also part of modernizing the Armed Forces, which will see the attempted sale of older F-4 fighter jets as Greece is acquiring more F-16s from the US and also aiming to acquire more advanced F-35s.

“The deal passed by the parliament’s committee is to buy 35 helicopters for €1.15 billion ($1.24 billion),” a government official, not named, told the news agency Reuters, which said that was confirmed by another unidentified source.

Greece’s rebounding economy, coming back fast after a 2010-18 economic and austerity crisis when it was on the edge of being pushed out of the Eurozone, has seen the New Democracy government also purchasing French fighters and warships.

The government also seeks to acquire US warships and is in talks with the US to co-design and build Constellation-class frigates for the Greek Navy, aiming to give a boost to the domestic shipbuilding industry.

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