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Boeing and Greece: A Strong, Enduring Defense Partnership
Boeing has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Greece, the Hellenic Armed Forces and Greek defense industry.
This cooperation is based on our shared values of peace and prosperity. Boeing is committed to supporting the defense forces in Greece, as well as to nurture the industrial collaboration that makes long-term security possible.
Boeing products are in service with all three branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces, including the AH-64 Apache combat-proven and battle-tested attack helicopter, and the CH-47 Chinook advanced heavy-lift helicopter that are operated by the Hellenic Army. The Hellenic Air Force has Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) for its F-16 Block 52/52+ and the Hellenic Navy has been a Harpoon customer since 1980.
The U.S. Army and Hellenic Armed Forces have participated in joint exercises and training missions – with U.S. and Greek AH-64 Apaches and CH-47 Chinook helicopters – that involved transporting troops, aerial coverage operations and providing medical evacuation capabilities to Greek special operations forces.
These collective training opportunities strengthen the partnership and operational teamwork across multinational allies and partners, improved interoperability and relationships with allied and partnered nations, including with Greece.
In March 2023, Boeing was awarded a contract to build 184 AH-64E Apaches for the U.S. Army and international customers. The U.S. Army will receive 115 remanufactured
Apaches, with an additional 15 Apaches to be procured as options. The additional 54 aircraft will be delivered to partner nations via Foreign Military Sales arrangements.
This award comes on the heels of the U.S. Army’s Apache fleet surpassing five million flight hours, a milestone proving the AH-64 is the most capable, reliable and versatile attack helicopter.
The first production CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopter destined for the U.S. Army, reached the final assembly phase of production in March 2023. Final assembly is the last step in production before the aircraft will be delivered to the U.S. Army. This is the first of many CH-47F Block II aircraft, the newest variant of the trusted Chinook helicopter series.
The Block II variant allows the Army to fly farther and lift more. It delivers much-needed capability, efficiency, interoperability and commonality in an evolving battlefield.
Boeing has been focused on supporting the missions of the Hellenic Armed Forces with the objective to optimize the readiness of its defense helicopter fleet through a customer-centric approach, providing advanced capabilities and delivering value through sustainment and training services and local, on-ground support.
Boeing has successfully implemented industrial participation programs in Greece and maintained collaborative relations with its industry partners and the armed forces. These partnerships are important linkages that are integral to our bilateral security cooperation with Greece and also support our local presence and contribution to Europe’s economic and technological growth.
Boeing is building mutually beneficial relationships with Greek stakeholders and decision-makers to advance the interests of aerospace and defense as a global industry and to underscore the vital contribution to Greek and European competitiveness and growth.
We look forward to expanding our partnership with Greece and hope it will continue to grow and prosper for decades to come.
Vice president, Global Business Development, Europe & Americas
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