Wednesday, 31 May 2023 03:45 GMT

Greece Approves Purchase of Israeli-Made Missile Systems Amid Ongoing Armament Program

(MENAFN) Greece has approved the long-stalled purchase of Israeli-made SPIKE-NLOS missile systems during a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The decision is part of the country's ongoing armament program and represents a significant step towards modernizing its military capabilities. The Prime Minister's Office released a statement confirming the approval of the purchase and stating that the latest developments in the armament program were discussed during the meeting.

In addition to the purchase of missile systems, the National Security Council also addressed the state of the irregular migrant flow to the country and measures against forest fires. These issues are of great concern to the Greek government and require ongoing attention and resources.

Greece has recently signed multiple big-ticket arms agreements, signaling its commitment to strengthening its defense capabilities. These agreements include a deal for drones from Israel, Rafale jets from France, and upgrades to its F-16 fleet from the US. The country has also approached Washington for the potential purchase of at least 20 F-35 stealth aircraft and Berlin for the update of its Leopard 2 tank fleet and purchases of Lynix armored vehicles.

The ongoing armament program is a key priority for the Greek government, which is seeking to modernize its military and enhance its ability to defend against potential threats. Greece has faced significant security challenges in recent years, including tensions with Turkey over territorial disputes in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. As such, the government's investment in advanced military equipment is seen as a necessary step towards ensuring the country's security and maintaining its strategic position in the region.

The purchase of Israeli-made missile systems is a significant development in Greece's armament program and is expected to be closely watched by other countries in the region. As tensions continue to simmer in the eastern Mediterranean, the acquisition of advanced military equipment is likely to remain a top priority for the Greek government.


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