Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos meets cadres of F-35 fighter Programme

May 24, 2022

The Minister of National Defence Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos had a meeting on Tuesday, 24 May 22, with a cadre of the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office (JSF PO) regarding the fighter aircraft F-35. The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the USA in Athens Mr. George James Tsunis.

During the meeting, the Minister of National Defence underlined that the procedure for the procurement of F-35 aircraft which will meet the expected operational requirements of the Hellenic Airforce, will start immediately, following the visit of the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the USA.

Mr. Panagiotopoulos stated that the General Staffs will take the necessary action, according to the current procedure for the procurement of defence equipment. During the meeting, it was underscored that the acquirement of F-35 aircraft, which will further reinforce our country’s deterrence capacity and the interoperability of the Armed Forces of Greece and the USA reflects the strategic level of our bilateral defence relations.