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Greece - Enhanced PAVEWAY II Kits and Sustainment Support for F-16 Aircraft


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WASHINGTON, September 29, 2008 ­ On September 26, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece of Enhanced PAVEWAY II Kits and Sustainment Support for F-16 Aircraft as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $133 million.

The Government of Greece has requested a possible sale of 50 Enhanced PAVEWAY II kits for use with MK- 84 Warheads and continuation of sustainment support for the Hellenic Air Force F-16 which includes Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program services, Technical Coordination Program services, minor modifications, repair and return, Aircraft Structural Integrity Program services, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical support. The estimated cost is $133 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving Greece's military capabilities and furthering weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S. forces.

The Government of Greece needs this capability for mutual defense, regional security, modernization, and interoperability with the U.S. and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries. The modernization of Greece's F-16 fleet will increase the effectiveness of its contribution and capabilities to future NATO, coalition, and anti-terrorism operations. This will also enhance Greece's ability to patrol its extensive coastline and borders against future threats, and will contribute to the War on Terrorism and to NATO operations. This modernization will be provided in accordance with, and subject to the limitation on use and transfer provided under the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, and as embodied in the Letter of Offer and Acceptance.

The proposed sale of these weapons and support will bring overall standoff performance up to existing regional baselines. Greece will have no difficulty absorbing these weapons and support into its armed forces.

This proposed sale will not adversely affect either the military balance in the region or U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question.

The principal contractors will be:

        Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona;
        Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas;
        Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas;
        Northrop-Grumman Electro-Optical Systems in Garland, Texas;
        Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore, Maryland.

There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Greece.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.