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Greek procurement surge shows no sign of abating

26th October 2021 - 13:15 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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Elli-class frigates Aigaion (F460) and Kanaris (F464). (Photo: Hellenic Navy)

More fighter aircraft and naval vessels are in the offing for Greece as part of its 2020-2025 procurement programme – but the latter is a more complex issue than the former.

Having ordered new combat aircraft and frigates from France this year, Greece aims to negotiate the procurement of additional multi-role fighters and extra surface naval assets by 2025.

This at least is the stated policy of Greek defence minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos. Referring to the rearmament programme for 2020-2025, he said in parliament on 7 October that up to 48 new multi-role fighters are planned to be taken on strength by the Hellenic Air Force while the Hellenic Navy should maintain a fleet of 12-13 warships.

Rafale accounts for half of the 48 aircraft in the procurement plan; 18 were ordered …

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