During the 1980s, the F-16 was the primary strike fighter aircraft of the U.S. Air Force. The F-16 has performed successfully in a number of missions, including air-to-air combat, ground attack, electronic warfare, escort, and nuclear weapons delivery. The F-16 has also proved to be extremely maneuverable and has proved capable in all weather conditions.
The F-16 can also carry nearly double the amount of ordnance that the F/A-18C/D can. All versions of the F-16 can carry a wide range of air-to-ground, air-to-air, and naval-attack munitions, including the Sidewinder AAM (air-to-air missile), and AGM-88 (air-to-ground missile). The F-16 can also carry precision guided munitions, such as JDAM and BLU-109 (advanced air-to-surface joint glide bomb).
In November 1999, the Peace Xenia program was signed by Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Secretary of Defense William Cohen, and included the sale of 102 F-16C/D's to the Hellenic Air Force. This contract is worth approximately $2.1 billion. The first eight Greek F-16Cs arrived in October of 1999, and the first 28 F-16Cs arrived on September 20th, 2000. Greek F-16Cs are assigned USAF serial numbers for administrative purposes and carry the last three digits of the United States' O-2-99 serials.
The fifth batch of F-16C/D's was delivered in January of 1998, with the final delivery of the F-16C/D's occurring in October of 1998. This batch brought the total number of F-16C/D's for the Hellenic Air Force up to 14.
In January of 1991, Greece proceeded to acquire the entire second batch of F-16C/D's. Five additional F-16C/D's were delivered in January 1996, bringing the total number of F-16C/D's in service with Hellenic Air Force to ten.
The Block 52 upgrades also make a significant improvement in the F-16's ability to detect surface-to-air missiles and other threats and will increase the number of target identification friend or foe (TIFF) capabilities. The new upgrades will provide the Air Force with a significant capability that will improve the F-16's ability to maneuver in the airspace of adversaries and allow U.S. and coalition forces to detect, track and engage enemy air defenses in all weather conditions. The Block 52 upgrades include: 827ec27edc