A new video with impressive images from the historic flight of the state-of-the-art Rafale fighters flying above Athens was published by the Ministry of National Defence.
As the cameras mounted on the Air Force Mirage-2000 fighters, which were the ones that welcomed and flew with the Rafales to Attica as soon as they entered the Athens Flight Information Region, the video of the state-of-the-art fighters fly in the Greek sky are making impressive maneuvers.
Their course flying over the mainland, crossing the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge that connects Rio with Antirrio, crossing the Saronic Gulf, flying over the Acropolis of Athens and arriving at the airport of Tanagra Air Base, are real impressive.
The first six Rafale fighter jets that Greece purchased landed on Wednesday at Tanagra Airbase after departing at 09:25 local time (Greek time 10:25) from Istria in France.
“Welcome to your home, good landings and always safely,” the head of the control tower at the Tanagra Air Base told the Greek pilots of the six Rafales that arrived in Greece.
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.
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.