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Israel and Greece signal report defence deal

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.The settlement features a $1.65 billion contract for the institution and operation of a coaching centre for the Hellenic Air Force by Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems over a 22-year interval.

Israel and Greece have signed their greatest ever defence procurement deal, which Israel stated on Sunday would strengthen political and financial ties between the nations and the 2 nations’ air forces launched a joint train.

The settlement features a $1.65 billion contract for the institution and operation of a coaching centre for the Hellenic Air Force by Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems over a 22-year interval, Israel’s defence ministry stated.

The coaching centre will likely be modeled on Israel’s personal flight academy and will likely be outfitted with 10 M-346 coaching plane produced by Italian firm Leonardo, the ministry stated.

Elbit will provide kits to improve and function Greece’s T-6 plane and in addition present coaching, simulators and logistical help.

“I am certain that (this programme) will upgrade the capabilities and strengthen the economies of Israel and Greece and thus the partnership between our two countries will deepen on the defence, economic and political levels,” stated Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz.

The announcement follows a gathering in Cyprus on Friday between the UAE, Greek, Cypriot and Israeli overseas ministers, who agreed to deepen cooperation between their nations.

The Israeli and Greek air forces launched a joint train in Greece, the Israeli navy stated.

In no less than one previous train over Greece, Israeli fighter planes practiced towards an S-300 posted on Crete. The Russian-made air defence system can also be deployed in Syria and Iran, Israel’s foes. An Israeli navy spokesman didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters question on whether or not the air power had once more skilled towards the Greek S-300 within the newest train.

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