When will the first state-of-the-art Greek Rafale fly over the Acropolis?


On Wednesday, between 12:00 – 12:30, the passage of the six state-of-the-art Rafale aircraft of the Air Force in Attica will take place as part of their arrival at the 114th Battle Wing in Tanagra. Greek fighters will “greet” the Greeks, flying over the Holy Rock of the Acropolis.

It is reminded that the first six of the total 24 Rafale aircraft that will be procured by the Air Force will start their journey to our country from France on Wednesday. They will leave Istria in the morning and land at the 114th Battle Wing. At the base will be the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the head of the General Staff and the heads of the branches, for the ceremony of their integration in 332 degrees.

The two Rafale that will come to Greece on Wednesday will be two-seater to be used for the training of young pilots while the other four will be single-seater.

They will join the air force in record time, just one year after the agreement with the French side.

The remaining six Rafale are expected at the end of the year and six more from the first order in 2023.

In the coming weeks, the contract announced by Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the TIF is expected to be signed so that Greece can acquire a total of 24 powerful French fighters.

So far, the training of eight Greek pilots and 50 aircraft technicians has been completed, which took place at the Meriniak base on French soil by personnel of the manufacturer Dassault.

The acquisition of the 18 French fighters (including six new and 12 used) will cost 2.32 billion euros, including the weapons they carry, according to the contract signed last January.

The Rafale, among others, has a range of 2,800 miles, and a large fuel capacity, has two engines, is equipped with modern and powerful electronic scanning radar and is capable of carrying two Exocet missiles.

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