It's official, Greece to buy 18 Rafale combat aircraft

Greece buy Rafale
Dassault Rafale combat aircraft. Greece will soon become the new user of the type. 

While rumors about Greece's purchase of Rafale fighters were intensifying, the deal was officially confirmed by Dassault Aviation on Saturday.

“I am delighted with this announcement, which reinforces the exceptional relationship we have had with Greece for nearly half a century, and I thank the Greek authorities for their confidence in us once again. Dassault Aviation is fully mobilized to meet the operational needs expressed by the Greek Air Force, and thus contribute to ensuring Greece’s sovereignty and the safety of the Greek people,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

The French aerospace company has also confirmed the quantity of 18 aircraft, but the new ones will be fewer than what emerged from the first rumors. According to the Greek Prime Minister, 6 aircraft will be purchased brand new from Dassault and the remaining 12 will come from the French Air Force fleet.

This choice strengthens the partnership that has linked the Greek Air Force and Dassault Aviation for more than 45 years, and demonstrates the enduring strategic relationship between Greece and France.

Greece ordered 40 Mirage F1s from Dassault Aviation in 1974, then 40 Mirage 2000s in 1985 and finally 15 Mirage 2000-5s in the year 2000; this latest contract also includes the modernization of 10 Mirage 2000s to the 2000-5 standard with a large contribution from Greek industry.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: Dassault Aviation

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