Personnel leaks cause delay in F-16 upgrades

The program to upgrade Greece's F-16 Viper jets is reportedly at a tipping point, with well-informed sources saying it can either move ahead or go south.

The delays have prompted continuous consultations over the last few months between the Defense Ministry, the Air Force General Staff, the new management of the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (EAV) and the manufacturing company to ensure that the most important armament program of the Hellenic Armed Forces is not derailed.

The main reason for the delays in the F-16 upgrade program is the loss of specialized EAV personnel. Resignations of qualified technicians working on the program since 2018 have been a near-daily occurrence, well-informed sources say, creating significant gaps.

In order to bridge these gaps due to the seven-month-plus delay, Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with EAV, has bolstered its human...

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