ATHENS, (BM) – Greece may buy two French-made Belharra frigates about $2.8 billion according to French and Greek MoD statements, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing greek news agency Pentapostagma.
As far as Belharra frigates are concerned, everything shows that developments are on the way. The meeting of National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos with his French counterpart Florence Parley in Athens confirmed this.
“I want to believe that the exclusive negotiations that started last October will lead to the acquisition of two Belharra frigates from Greece. These latest generation ships will enable Greece to significantly enhance the deterrence capabilities it needs in the Mediterranean and to develop a unique one of its kind interoperability with the French navy, which will have the same frigates,” Mrs Parley said.
The cost of the two frigates is estimated to exceed € 2.5 billion, along with their reinforcement. Athens, however, is seriously considering until it receives its first frigate Belharra, something that will certainly be done after 2025, to fill the Fleet’s gaps with other French wings for our Air Force solutions, also French, according to an article by enikos.gr.
At the same time, France has never given up trying to sell Rafale fighter jets to Greece, and if US President Donald Trump decides to satisfy his friend Tayyip Erdogan and eventually give him the F-35s, Greece may receive of french Rafale, even secondhand.
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