Greece has signed a contract with MBDA to provide weapons for 18 RAFALE combat aircraft intended for the Hellenic Air Force (HAF).
A signing ceremony was held in Athens in the presence of the French Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, and the Greek Minister for Defense, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos. Lieutenant General Theodoros Lagios, General Director for Defence Investments and Armaments of the Greek Ministry of Defence and Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides.
The new aircraft’s weapons will benefit from the strong commonality with those from the MIRAGE 2000s and MIRAGE 2000-5s currently in service in the HAF. Like these, the RAFALES will be armed with:
- SCALP cruise missiles
- AM39 EXOCET anti-ship missiles
- MICA multi-mission air-to-air missiles
MBDA will also supply METEOR beyond visual range air-to-air missiles.
Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, said: “The signing of this agreement turns a new page in our relationship with Greece, which we have had for more than half a century. The country was the very first customer of the EXOCET missile in 1968, showing great confidence in it and in our predecessor companies. This confidence has been renewed over the years and is being renewed again today. It is our duty to do everything we can in order to continue delivering on this confidence into tomorrow.”