Rafale F3-R
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Greece announced its intention to acquire 18 Rafales to equip its air force

This announcement illustrates the strength of 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 F1 from Dassault Aviation in 1974, then 40 Mirage 2000 in 1985 and finally 15 Mirage 2000-5 in the year 2000; this latest contract also includes the modernization of 10 Mirage 2000 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.

Greece is shielded with 18 Rafale aircraft, as announced today september 12, 2020 on the TIF – Thessaloniki International Fair podium in Thessaloniki by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In particular, hellenic Prime Minister in terms of armaments, noted that the time has come to strengthen the military and announced six key decisions, among which the Hellecin Air Force acquires 18 Rafale that which replace the previous Mirage aircraft which, in combination with the F-16, fully protects Greece.