New weapon systems from the USA to Greece
The US has approved the supply of 40 F-35A fighter jets to Greece. The $8.6 billion sale (estimated costs reported by DSCA are maximums, contract values are usually lower) will provide Greece with 40 F-35A fighter jets. The relevant package includes the following:
Up to 40 F-35A aircraft,
42 Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 engines (40 installed, 2 spare),
AN/PYQ-10 Simple Key Loaders,
KGV-135A embedded secure communication devices,
Cartridge Operated Devices / Propellant Operated Devices (CAD/PAD),
Full Mission Simulators and system trainers,
Electronic warfare systems,
In addition, the United States decided to transfer a number of weapons systems to Greece. First, on 27 September 2022, Congressional notification procedures were completed for $ 30 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) assistance for Greece's defence purchases to encourage critical support for Ukraine. On 24 October 2023, the US allocated an additional $30 million in FMF assistance to Greece to encourage further donations.
Finally, the US notified Congress of the following proposed Excess Defence Articles (EDA) transfers to Greece:
2 C-130H military transport aircraft
10 engines P-3 maritime patrol aircraft engines
60 Bradley ACVs
Price offer will be made for C-130J military transport aircraft.
4 Coastal combat ships
3 Protector class coastal patrol boats
200 million dollars of additional arms sales
Hundreds of lorries
Excess Defense Articles (EDA) are US Department of Defense defence articles and military equipment that are no longer needed by any military service. These surplus supplies and materials may be transferred to foreign countries or international organisations under section 516 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA).
The EDA programme meets US foreign policy objectives while helping friends and allies improve their defence capabilities.
Excess defence equipment provided under the EDA programme is provided to partner countries at a reduced price or as a grant, depending on the condition of the equipment.