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The first six Rafale fighters land at Tanagra Airport (vid)

Featured The first six Rafale fighters land at Tanagra Airport (vid)

With an honorary passage over the Acropolis, the first six Rafale fighters marked their induction into the 332nd “Hawk” Squadron of the Hellenic Air Force shortly before landed at Tanagra.

The six fighters took off from Istria, France, near Marseilles, and flew directly to Greece.

The landing at Tanagra airport started after 12.45, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The headquarters of the 332 squadron home of the new Hellenic Air Force’s newest assets, became the transponder of the harbinger sent by the first Greek Rafale pilots with the blue insignia on their wings.

“Greece, we will be worthy of your expectations.  332 Squadron flies into the future,” said the pilot of one of the Rafale at the National Aviation Operations Center.

The strategic advantages

  • It can "see" at a range of 200 km, monitors 40 targets simultaneously and can destroy the 8 deemed most dangerous.
  • Its self-defense system is the big secret of Rafale's pilots.
  • Securely exchanges information and data with other assets of the armed forces.
  • Identifies targets without the opponent knowing.

Rafale weapons:

METEOR air-to-air missile will be the "long spear" of the Air Force, with a range of over 100 km.
The well-known air-to-surface SCALP missile carried by the Mirage 2000-5 of the Air Force with a range of 500 km.
EXOCET, long-range missiles against surface ships.

Rafale can simultaneously carry 14 weapons capable of thwarting any enemy action.

In total Greece is acquiring 24 Rafale F3R. After the first six the schedule provides:

-January 2023: 6 Rafale F3R
-January 2024: 6 Rafale F3R
-January 2025: The last 6 Rafale F3R