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US to sell 35 Blackhawk helicopters to Greece in $1.2 billion defense deal

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  • Greece has approved the purchase of 35 Blackhawk helicopters from a US defense contractor, in a bid to modernize its armed forces.
  • The deal, valued at $1.24 billion, was adopted by the parliamentary committee, according to a Greek government official.
  • The Greek government has a 10-year, multi-billion procurement strategy, which involves acquiring up to 40 new F-35 fighter jets from the United States.

Greece has approved the purchase of 35 UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters from U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin Corp, in a bid to modernize its armed forces, two people with knowledge of the deal told Reuters.

“The agreement adopted by the parliamentary committee provides for the purchase of 35 helicopters for $1.24 billion,” a government official told Reuters.

A second person confirmed the approval, which was granted Tuesday evening.

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Greece aims to revamp its defense industry and boost its shipbuilding sector as it recovers from a decade-long debt crisis that forced it to cut spending.

Blackhawk helicopter

A U.S. Army UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter lands February 15, 2022 at Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, Poland. Greece has approved the purchase of 35 UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters from US defense firm Lockheed Martin Corp, in a bid to modernize its armed forces. (Patryk Ogorzalek/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS/file photo)

The government has drawn up a multi-billion procurement plan over 10 years, which includes acquiring up to 40 new F-35 fighter jets from the United States and three frigates from France.

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Athens is also in talks with the United States to co-design and build Constellation-class frigates for the Greek Navy.

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