Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Micotakis said that they will receive 18 Rafale-type fighter jets from France
Speaking at the “Helexpo Forum” in Thessaloniki, Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Micotakis outlined the government’s strategy for the coming period in the context of tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“It is time to achieve a balance between opportunities and needs,” Micotakis said, noting Greece’s crisis with Turkey.
Micotakis claimed that the Athens administration “responded to threats with logical arguments”, noting that “they have made some decisions in the name of increasing the strength, functionality and effectiveness of the army”.
“WE WILL BUILD A NEW FLEET OF RAFALE-TYPE AIRCRAFT”
“We will create a new fleet of 18 Rafale aircraft to replace the existing Mirage aircraft,” said Micotakis, who argued that Greece has many strong allies.
“We will include 4 new frigates and 4 Romeo helicopters in the Navy,” micotakis said, noting that they will also modernize the existing Meko frigates.
“Within the framework of the 5-year program, we will strengthen our armed forces with 15 thousand new soldiers and put the defense industry into operation,” said Micotakis, who said that they will buy new anti-tank weapons, heavy torpedoes and guided missiles for the land, sea and air forces.
AIRCRAFT SALE DEAL TO BE SIGNED IN COMING MONTHS
In a written statement, French Defense Minister Florence Parly expressed her satisfaction with Greece’s decision to buy 18 Rafale-type fighter jets from her country.
Underlining that this decision will strengthen the relationship and cooperation between the Greek and French armies, Parly said that the agreement on the sale of warplanes will be signed in the coming months.
The Athens administration has announced that it will spend 10 billion euros on defence over the next 10 years.
Greece, which plans to buy 1.5 billion euros in weapons and ammunition in the coming months, is expected to make the biggest gain from this plan.