On Sep. 12, 2020 Greece announced its intention to acquire 18 Rafale omnirole aircraft to equip its air force.
This announcement illustrates the strength of the partnership that has linked Greece’s Hellenic Air Force (HAF) 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.
“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.
As we have already reported, last January, Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited Donald Trump in the White House and discussed Greece’s interest in the F-35. In the following days, Greece’s Minister for National Defence Nikos Panagiotopoulos announced that, alongside upgrading Greece’s fleet of F-16s, Greece is looking to procure 24 F-35 aircraft at an estimated cost of US$3 billion.
Panagiotopoulos then told to Skai TV that Greece is looking to buy the F-35 to achieve “air superiority over Turkey” in the coming years.
Photo credit: U.S. Air Force