Greece plans to obtain 18 Dassault Rafale fighters and upgrade 10 of its Mirage 2000s.
“Dassault Aviation is fully mobilised to meet the operational needs expressed by the Greek Air Force, and thus contribute to ensuring Greece’s sovereignty and the safety of the Greek people.”
In addition to the acquisition of 18 Rafales, 10 Mirage 2000s will be upgraded to the Mirage 2000-5 standard. Dassault notes that Athens ordered 40 Mirage 2000s in 1985, and 15 Mirage 2000-5s in 2000. Media reports suggest the deal is part of a larger package with France that includes four frigates. Greece is upgrading 82-84 of its F-16s to the F-16V standard.
This will see the jets receive an active electronically scanned array radar in the form of the Northrop Grumman APG-83, which offers a number of improvements including greater detection and tracking ranges, interleaved air-to-air and air-to-surface modes, and improved electronic protection.
Other improvements include a new centre pedestal display, a digital video and high-speed data bus, and the ability carry more advanced weapons. In April 2019, Greek defence minister Evangelos Apostolakis said the country was considering the acquisition of up to 30 F-35 to replace the air force’s oldest F-16s.
Source: Dassault Aviation
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