“The whole case in Tempi is a mixture of individual responsibility and also of the known pathologies of the system,” said the Minister of National Defense, speaking to SKAI 100.3. Nikos Panagiotopoulos.

He emphasized that as time passes, society will be able to make an assessment of the tragic accident with greater sobriety.

“If we want this country to move forward, we must all operate with more professionalism in our post” the minister added, among other things.

Invited to answer because of the C-130s that have been received, only two flythe minister emphasized that the problem has deep roots.

He explained that in order to have aircraft maintenance, we also need to have a steady flow of spare parts.

“We used to have a lot, but they didn’t have an agreement approved by the Parliament for their continuous support, which is necessary for the uninterrupted flow of spare parts,” said Mr. Panagiotopoulos, pointing out that this contract was passed by the Parliament two years ago. on SW.

The minister clarified that the main problem is the ever-increasing use of these planes for any transport project.

“It’s like having a van and using it to make deliveries within the city. And the more you juice it, the more damage you cause. And the greater the damage, the greater the need for maintenance and when this is not done sufficiently, then the number of those you have at your disposal decreases. You have one or two left and when you do all your work with these one or two, you have to use them more often,” said Mr. Panagiotopoulos.

The minister said that the maintenance of these aircraft has been assigned to the NATO related Service, a factory in Portugal, where there is a waiting line for all member states.

At the same time, he added that there are airplanes that the ODA has undertaken to contribute, while at the same time a program has been passed by the Parliament to entrust an Israeli company to maintain three of these airplanes.

The minister also mentioned that within 2024 the receipt of three more aircraft has been included in the program, one from the NATO NSPA, one from the ODA and one from the Air Force infrastructure.

Regarding Greek-Turkish relations, Mr. Panagiotopoulos mentioned that he would not rule out a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar.

He pointed out that the intention has already been communicated by the Turkish side, adding that it is most likely that, if this meeting finally takes place, it will take place in Turkey, in the earthquake affected areas.