Greece equips itself with the RAFALE in the continuity of a partnership with DASSAULT AVIATION of more than 45 years
Greece equips itself with the RAFALE in the continuity of a
partnership with DASSAULT AVIATION of more than 45 years
Greece equips itself with the RAFALE in
the continuity of a partnership with DASSAULT AVIATION of more than
Theodoros Lagios, General Director of Armament
and Investments of the Greek Ministry of Defense, and Eric
Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, signed today a
contract for the acquisition of 18 Rafale aircraft for the Hellenic
Air Force, as well as a contract for the logistical support of the
This signing ceremony was held in Athens in the
presence of Mrs. Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of
France, and Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Minister of National
Defense of Greece.
As a European country and member of NATO, Greece
is a major strategic partner of France. Dassault Aviation is
honored by the Greek government’s decision, that extends an
uninterrupted partnership for 45 years.
Athens, January 25th, 2021 –
Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, and Theodoros
Lagios, Director General of Armament and Investments of the Greek
Ministry of Defense, signed in Athens, in the presence of Mrs.
Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, and Mr.
Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Greek Minister of National Defense, two
contracts respectively for the acquisition of 18 Rafale aircraft
and for the associated logistic support.
The order for 18 Rafale includes 12 Rafale
recently in service with the French Air Force and 6 new Rafale
produced at Dassault Aviation plants.
To meet the urgent need of the Greek
authorities, the deliveries of aircraft will be begin in the summer
of 2021 and will be spread over two years.
The logistic support contract will support the
Hellenic Air Force Rafale’s air activity over four and a half
years, maintaining the availability of equipment and systems at the
The arrival of the Rafale in Greece highlights
the quality of the strategic relationship between Greece and France
and the continuation of more than forty-five years of solid
partnership with Dassault Aviation and its industrial partners
Thales and Safran.
As with the Mirage F1 in 1974, the Mirage 2000
in 1985 and finally the Mirage 2000-5 in 2000, the Rafale is an
opportunity to launch new cooperation’s with the Greek aerospace
“Greece is a leading European partner, a major
member of NATO and a special partner of France, with which Dassault
Aviation has stood steadfastly by its side for more than 45 years.
The continuity of our presence in Greece, even in the most
difficult times, is a token of the quality of this relationship.
That is why I am proud and happy to sign today this contract, which
symbolizes the extension of the commitment of Dassault Aviation
towards Greece since 1974. I would like to thank the Greek
authorities for their renewed confidence in us. I assure them of
our total mobilization to achieve the objectives that are defined”,
said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
ABOUT DASSAULT AVIATION:
With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft
delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault
Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design,
development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging
from the Rafale fighter, to the high-end Falcon family of business
jets, military drones and space systems. In 2019, Dassault Aviation
reported revenues of €7,3 billion. The company has 12,750
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