Israel will lease the Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system to Greece for a three-year period, following a deal between the two countries’ defense ministries.
The almost €40 million drone agreement that was signed digitally due to the pandemic, is the first between the two defense ministries and has been negotiated for over two years.
Israel foresees that the unmanned drones will be delivered within the next six months, and will be used primarily for border defense with Turkey.
Once the three-year period ends, Greece will have the option to buy the system made by the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
The head of the Israel’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate, Yair Kulas says he hopes to sign additional agreements with Greece as well as other European countries, to assist them with addressing security challenges.
New Europe / ABC Flash Point News 2020.