France could sell 18 Rafale including 8 used to Greece

We know that the Greek press is not stingy spectacular declarations, which sometimes lack materiality. But the information published today by the site pagenews.gr, if it is just as spectacular, has the merit of being consistent with the geostrategic evolutions underway in the eastern Mediterranean. According to the site, French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis have reached an agreement for France to supply Athens with 10 new Rafale in the latest F3R standard, as well as 8 Rafale of an older standard (not specified , probably F2 or F3), these latter devices being taken from the devices currently in service in the French air force to be given, and not sold, to Greece.

The objective of this decision would obviously be to provide the Greek air forces with an initial capability on short notice based on the Rafale, capable in particular of implementing stand-off weapons such as the Scalp EG cruise missile, while having a large radius of action, and very modern electronics, including the SPECTRA self-protection system. It would also be a question of marking without any doubt the positions of France alongside Greece in the ongoing crisis in the eastern Mediterranean, against Turkey. Besides, it would give Paris a great reason to deploy a larger number of Rafale aircraft in Greece and logistical resources, and to conduct numerous and repeat flights over the Aegean Sea, since it will be a question of training the Greek crews.

The Rafale has a vast array of Air-Ground and Air-Surface weapons, including several Stand-off weapon systems for engaging targets at a safe distance, suitable for eliminating ground-to-air systems from denial of access

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