Israel: On Tuesday, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed a $1.68 billion defense agreement with Greece as a reflection of “excellent and developing relations” between the two countries.
“This is a long-term partnership that will serve the interests of both Israel and Greece, create hundreds of jobs in both countries, and promote stability in the Mediterranean,” Athens reported by Israel’s Ministry of Defense after approving the agreement Said in the comments, which spans over 20 years and comes as a result of an international tender.
“In the phone call that I received after the agreement was approved, I thanked my friend Greek Defense Minister, Nikolaos Paniagopotoulos, and expressed my appreciation for his personal involvement in taking this project forward. I have defended defense among our countries. Also appreciated the recent strengthening of the relationship and noted their expectation that these would deepen further, ”said Gantz.
The agreement plans to establish a flight academy for the Hellenic Air Force that will be built and operated by Israel’s Elbit Systems, the purchase of 10 M-346 aircraft and maintenance of T-6 aircraft, as well as the provision of simulators, training in Israel. “The largest defense agreement is between Israel and Greece,” the Defense Ministry said in a tweet on Tuesday.