"The deal passed by the parliament's committee is to buy 35 helicopters for 1.15 billion euros ($1.24 billion)," a government official told Reuters.

A second person confirmed the approval, which was agreed late on Tuesday.

Greece aims to revamp its defence industry and boost its shipbuilding industry, as it recovers from a decade-long debt crisis that forced it to slash spending.

The government has drafted a multi-billion, 10-year purchasing plan, that includes acquiring up to 40 new F-35 fighter jets from the U.S. and three frigates from France.

Athens is also in talks with the United States to co-design and build Constellation-class frigates for the Greek Navy.

($1 = 0.9291 euros)

(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas; Editing by Tomasz Janowski)