Greece is increasing the number of Dassault-made Rafale aircraft ordered from France to 24, the French Minister of the Armed Forces said Sunday.
Greek lawmakers in January approved the purchase of 18 Rafale aircraft from France for 2.5 billion euros (6 of them are used). The new purchase will cost the Greek budget another billion euros.
“Great news. Greece has just announced its intention to buy six more Rafales. Together we are moving towards building a truly autonomous Europe, ”Florence Parley said on Twitter.
The French Minister of Defense did not mention that this order cost France only one flight their aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to the coast of Cyprus last year.
Athens has increased its military purchases in the past two years as it moves forward with plans to boost its military capabilities during a dispute with neighboring Turkey over energy resources in the Mediterranean.