Israel and Greece sign record defense agreement

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will attend a cabinet meeting of the new government on May 24, 2020 at the Chagal Hall in Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem. (Pool via Avil Sultan / Reuters)

Jerusalem — Israel and Greece have signed the largest defense procurement agreement ever. Israel said on Sunday that it would strengthen political and economic relations between the two countries.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the agreement includes a $ 1.65 billion contract by Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems to establish and operate a training center for the Greek Air Force.

According to the ministry, the training center will be modeled after Israel’s own flight academy and will be equipped with 10 M-346 trainers manufactured by Leonardo of Italy.

Elbit offers kits for upgrading and operating Greek T-6 aircraft, as well as training, simulators, and logistical support.

“I am confident that (this program) will improve capacity and strengthen the economies of Israel and Greece, thus deepening the partnership between the two countries at the defense, economic and political levels,” said Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Stated.

The announcement agreed to deepen cooperation between the two countries, following a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Cyprus and Israel held in Cyprus on Friday.

Ali Rabinovich