US signals continued maintenance of Greek F-16 engines
Hellenic Air Force F-16s are set to benefit from follow-on engine maintenance support under the FMS programme, after the State Department announced on 12 January that it has approved a possible $233 million deal.
The Greek government has requested parts and services to support continued depot-level maintenance and sustainment of Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines.
The proposed FMS deal (which must now be signed off by Congress) will include spare and repair parts; engine accessories; US government and contractor engineering; technical and logistical services; and ‘other related elements’ of logistical and programme support, the State Department noted.
It added: ‘The proposed sale will improve Greece’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing greater depth of repair capability for engines on their F-16[C/D] Block 52+/52+ Advanced aircraft, sustaining their weapon system, and improving aircraft capability rates.’
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the Hellenic Air Force currently operates 122 F-16 Block 52 aircraft, although a large proportion of them are earmarked for an upgrade to the Block 70/72 Viper configuration.
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