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11 October, 1997
The US Defense Department yesterday announced the possible sale of 20 Harpoon missiles to Greece, valued at US $35 million.
The US Pentagon also announced a possible sale to Turkey of 138 AIM-120 (AVRAAM) advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, 120 LAU-129 A/A launchers, containers, spare and repair parts, valued at $62 million. Turkey needed the items, the US Pentagon claimed, to improve its F-16 fighters.
Finally, the US Defense Department announced that the Greek government had also requested a possible sale of 90 AIM-120 missiles and support systems, but without the launchers. The value of the purchase is estimated at $42 million, while the missiles will be added to the 150 already in Greece's arsenal, the announcement said.
As is common in such cases, the Pentagon stressed the possible sales would not upset the strategic balance in the area, while also promoting the aims of the foreign and defense policy of the US. It also claimed that it would not hamper US efforts to encourage a solution of the Cyprus problem. The Harpoon is a ship-launched over-the-horizon weapon with a low-level, sea-skimming trajectory.
Source: Athens News Agency