Procurement plan for C-130J transport planes

Greece
Sat, 11 Feb 2023 10:49 GMT
After two embarrassing incidents in succession, Athens is reportedly oriented toward the procurement of a number of new C-130J aircraft which are the latest version of the American transport aircraft.
Procurement plan for C-130J transport planes

After two embarrassing incidents in succession, Athens is reportedly oriented toward the procurement of a number of new C-130J aircraft which are the latest version of the American transport aircraft.

Greece’s image received a blow last Wednesday when a C-130 plane carrying humanitarian aid destined for Incirlik in Türkiye departed from Thessaloniki but was forced to cut the journey short due to a problem and land at Elefsina.

This was preceded by another incident last spring when two C-130s were grounded for maintenance, forcing the government to request the assistance of the Royal Canadian Air Force in order to transfer Greek aid to Ukraine.

A new-build C-130J costs between €100 (commercial price) and €115 million through the US Foreign Military Sales program.

However, even if the order were placed today, the planes won’t be delivered until after at least 2.5-3 years. 

kathimerini

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