The Greek Cypriot administration will buy six attack helicopters from France, local media reported on Tuesday.
The parliamentary defense committee has approved the release of 53 million euros (about 56 million dollars) to be paid as an advance to the aerospace giant Airbus, according to the Greek Cypriot daily Politis.
The total cost of the helicopters and ammunition, including bullets, rocket launchers and guided missiles, will be around 140 million euros, which will be paid for in installments by 2026, according to the report.
The Defense Ministry ultimately wants to acquire 12 French attack helicopters, he added.
It also plans to sell 11 Russian-made Mi-35 attack helicopters to Serbia, not least because of their outdated technology and high maintenance costs.
European Union sanctions against Russia have also made helicopter repairs and maintenance nearly impossible, the report said.
As for other Russian products in its military arsenal, including T-80 tanks, BMP-3 infantry vehicles and various air defense systems, the Greek Cypriot administration is working to find solutions to keep them operational, according to the daily. .
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