Why Greece selected the F-35A as a F-4E replacement

A historic deal sees Greece opt for the F-35A Lightning II as a replacement for its ageing F-4E fleet, writes Babak Taghvaee

The Greek government officially submitted a Letter of Request to the US on June 29, 2022 for procurement of 20 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters after a long evaluation process.

The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) intends to operate the F-35A as a replacement for its McDonnell Douglas F-4E (AUP) Phantom IIs. The HAF’s 338 Mira (Squadron) currently operates half of the 36 F-4Es that were upgraded under the Peace Icarus 2000 program. They are set to remain in service until the first F-35As are delivered in 2027.


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