Greece buys six more Rafale fighter airplanes from Paris
The Hellenic Air Force increases jets from 18 to 24
France's Interior Minister, Florence Parly, announced in a tweet Greece's intention to purchase six more Rafale jet aircraft built in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. "Excellent news", she wrote on social media, "together we advance in the concrete construction of a European autonomy". It's a confirmation of Greek Prime Minister's declaration, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, made on Saturday.
Last July Athens received the first military aircraft. The contract with Paris included the acquisition of 18 fighters, worth 2.5 billion euros, to be delivered by September 2023. With this step, Greece increases its order to 24 aircraft. Thus Athens strengthens its military capacity in the dispute with Turkey over Cyprus and over energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea. The new aircraft will join the Hellenic Air Force made up of the Mirage 2000-5 and the F-16 Fightning Falcon.
The Rafale jets are produced by the French company Dassault Aviation. It is the latest generation of multi-role fighter that entered service in 2000. It is equipped with two Snecma M88-2 turbofan engines. The semi-stealth aircraft has 14 external slots capable of carrying armaments of a vast range: air-to-sea and air-to-air bombs and missiles, cannons, nuclear weapons. Qatar, Egypt, India are the main major international clients.
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