France bought new Rafales to replace the ‘Greek’ fighters

PARIS, (BM) – Dassault Aviation has received a contract from the French Ministry of Armed Forces to supply 12 new Dassault Rafale multirole fighters, learned citing Defence24. These machines are to replace an analogous set of used French Rafales recently sold to Greece.

France bought new Rafales to replace the 'Greek' fighters
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The contract for the supply of new French multirole fighters was signed by the President and CEO of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier and the French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly at the Argonay factory in Haute-Savoie. Since 1963, these plants have been producing flight control systems for all machines manufactured by the Dassault Aviation company.

“This contract for 12 new aircraft will allow our Air and Space Force to continue developing Rafale in anticipation of the fifth tranche to deliver between 2027 and 2030. This contract is a great satisfaction for Dassault Aviation, Thales, Safran, and the 500 French companies involved. in the program, in the challenging conditions of our aviation sector in the context of the COVID crisis” President and Director of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier

On January 25 this year. The Ministry of Defense of the Hellenic Republic has concluded a contract for 18 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters with the French Ministry of Defense and the Dassault Rafale company. The total value of the contract is approximately EUR 2.5 billion. Of all the machines, 12 are to be used and come from the resources of French aviation. They are to deliver in July this year, and another six are to be newly manufactured. This form of purchasing these machines most probably allowed the reduction of the total value by almost 1/3, from EUR 3.5 billion to EUR 2.5 billion.

At the same time, it allows strengthening the potential of Greek aviation later this year. Politicians from both countries emphasized that the agreement was an expression of both countries’ “very close operational partnership.” Politicians spoke these words in the context of the months of growing tensions between France and Greece and Turkey, which is increasing its activity in the disputed regions of the Mediterranean, including the coast of Cyprus in the exploitation of mineral deposits, and is heavily involved in the unfinished conflicts in Libya and Syria.

Greece will also be the fifth user of these machines and the fourth export customer. In the case of the native user, i.e., France, they are in service with the French air force (about 102) and the French Navy (about 42). Several foreign buyers such as Egypt (24 copies), Qatar (36 copies with the option for the back end), and India (36 copies) ordered Fafales. The supplementary contract concluded at Rafale will maintain French aviation’s current potential and secure these machines’ production against the expected next orders.


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