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France has delivered the first Dassault RAFALE to Greece only after six months after the signature of the Contract for the acquisition of 18 examples. This first aircraft, as well as the next five to come from the French Space and Air Force, will train the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) Pilots and Technicians in France before deploying to TANAGRA Air Force Base.

A first group of HAF pilots, already trained for several months by the French Space and Air Force, and 50 HAF technicians will joined the Dassault Aviation Conversion Training Center (CTC) in Mérignac, France to continue their training.

The RAFALE will provide the HAF with a latest-generation multirole fighter, enabling the Hellenic Republic to ensure its geostrategic stance in full sovereignty. The delivery of the first RAFALE is a clear demonstration of France’s determination to meet the Greek Government’s expectations and to participate actively to the sovereignty of the country.

It illustrates also Dassault Aviation’s outstanding quality of the cooperation with the HAF, through more than 45 years of uninterrupted and strong partnership.

With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft (including 2,500 FALCONS) delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognised 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 2020, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of €5.5Bn. The company has 12,440 employees.

Jack Richardson