After completing an order for 18 Rafales last year, for an amount of 2.5 billion euros, Greece has just signed the purchase from France of three frigates as part of the strengthening of the “strategic partnership” between the two countries. The military contract was signed on Tuesday in Paris by Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The acquisition by Greece of three Belharra frigates which will be built in France, in Lorient, is a “testimony of confidence and demonstration of the quality of the French offer”, declared Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace at the end. of the signing of the contract, estimated between 3 and 5 billion euros.
Athens last year launched a call for tenders for four frigates and the renovation of its Hydra frigates. The French company Naval Group participated and was opposed to the German TKMS, the Dutch Damen, the Italian Fincantieri and the American Lockheed Martin.
These announcements for the French defense industry come (a little) to soften the cancellation of the huge 55 billion euro submarine contract by Australia, which preferred a strategic partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom.