The Israeli Ministry of Defense announced that Israel and Greece have reached an agreement on equipping and training the Greek Air Force and have organized joint military exercises.
The agreement includes a $1.65 billion contract to establish a Greek military aviation training center, which will be operated by the Israeli military company Elbit Systems for the next 22 years. The value of this work is the greatest in the history of relations between the two countries. Elbit will form a center modeled on the Israeli Air Force Academy and will be equipped with ten M-346 school planes from the Italian manufacturer Leonard.
The company will also purchase equipment for the Greek T-6 aircraft and organize training, simulators and logistics support.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: “I am confident that the plan will modernize capabilities and strengthen the economies of Israel and Greece, which will deepen the military, economic and political partnership between our two countries.”
Israeli military aircraft repeatedly practiced their response to the Russian-made S-300 air defense missile system deployed on the island of Crete in Greek airspace, but a source at the headquarters of the Greek Armed Forces said it was not activated during the exercise yesterday. Israel believes that the enemy Syria and Iran also have a system.
Later last week, the foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus, Israel and the UAE met in Cyprus and agreed to strengthen cooperation.