Annoyance in Turkish media over Greek Rafales: “Greece rejoices over used aircraft”, Sabah writes

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Without hiding its frustration, the pro-government Turkish media mocks Greece for acquiring the first six Rafale fighter jets from France.

With ironic comments, a portion of the Turkish press is trying to discredit the acquisition of the six Rafale fighter jets from Greece, with their irritation as evidence in the relevant publications.

Pro-government newspaper Sabah, wrote an article entitled: “Joy in Greece for used aircraft: 6 of the Rafale planes purchased from France were delivered.”


The newspaper presents the news of the arrival of state-of-the-art French aircraft in Athens, posting relevant photos and commenting that Greece is equipped with “used” Rafale’s due to the “regional superiority” of Turkey.

“Greece, which due to its annoyance from the regional superiority of Turkey, is making an effort to strengthen its army and fleet, bought used Rafale fighter jets from France last year,” the publication stated.

Elsewhere, the newspaper noted that Greece is moving to large military equipment, despite the financial problems the country has been facing in recent years.

“This purchase from Greece, which is known to be in a financial impasse, was made with pressure on the defence budget and was highly discussed,” Sabah wrote.

Special mention, with a caustic mood, is also made in Turkish media because of the consecration ceremony that took place yesterday at the 332nd Air Force Squadron in Tanagra for the arrival of the six Rafale fighter jets.

READ MORE: The first photos of Greek Rafale fighter jets flying over the Acropolis.

The first six Rafale fighter jets that Greece purchased landed at Tanagra Airbase on Wednesday after departing at 09:25 local time (Greek time 10:25) from Istria in France and made an impressive flight over the Acropolis less than two hours later.

In total, Greece will procure 24 Rafale fighter jets, at a total cost of 3.3 billion euros.

The additional contract for the purchase of an additional six new Rafale fighter jets is expected to be signed in the coming weeks, according to Proto Thema.

Two of the six Rafale that arrived in Greece today are the two-seater. These will be used for the training of young pilots, while the other four are single-seater.

The training of eight Greek pilots and 50 aircraft technicians has already been completed, which took place in France.

The Rafale fighters have a range of 2,800 miles and a large fuel capacity, two engines, are equipped with modern and powerful electronic scanning radar and are capable of carrying two Exocet missiles.

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