Greece bolsters air defense with US Black Hawks in nearly $2B deal

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Greece fortifies air capabilities with major U.S. helicopter purchase, seemingly responding to advancements in Türkiye's air force

Greece bolsters air defense with US Black Hawks in nearly $2B deal

The United States House Armed Services Committee's approval of the sale of 35 UH-60 Black Hawk Utility Helicopters to Greece marks a significant development in the military dynamics of the Aegean region.

This decision comes against a backdrop of regional tensions, particularly with Türkiye.

As reported by the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the deal is set to replace Greece's fleet of 56 outdated UH-1 Huey helicopters, dating back to 1969. With its fleet modernization, Greece seems to be responding to the recent enhancements in Türkiye's Air Force, particularly with drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The U.S. deal, valued at $1.95 billion, includes 35 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, such as 80 T700-GE-701 Turboshaft Engines, missile/laser/radar warning systems, and advanced weaponry.

The decision to procure these advanced helicopters is seen as a countermeasure to the evolving military landscape, influenced by recent conflicts in regions such as Karabagh and Ukraine, where drone warfare played a pivotal role. Greece's purchase appears to be a strategic move to maintain parity with Türkiye's advancing military technology.

The Greek acquisition also includes a substantial commitment to technical support and operational training, totaling approximately $1.24 billion. The significant investment further signifies Greece's intent to enhance its military readiness and operational capabilities.

The approval and subsequent purchase of the Black Hawk helicopters represent a shift in the regional balance of power, highlighting the ongoing arms race between Greece and Türkiye.

As both nations continue to invest heavily in their military infrastructure, Greece's acquisition of such advanced hardware is a clear indication of its determination to keep pace with regional developments.

Source: Newsroom

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