French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Micotakis have signed a contract for Athens to purchase three military frigates “Belharra”. The contract value is five billion euros.
The French Naval Group will supply Greece with frigates weighing 4,600 tons and over 120 meters long each. The ships will be equipped with ultra-modern radars designed by Thales, as well as anti-aircraft and anti-submarine guns.
France will provide Greece with frigates worth 5 billion euros
– This is a testimony of trust and a demonstration of the quality of the French offer – declared President Macron at the Elysee Palace after the agreement was signed.
The contract of intent was signed in 2019 by the Greek government. The contract is signed after months of talks between Paris and Athens.
The Naval Group competed for a contract with the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.
According to sources from BFM TV, Greece rejected the US offer due to costly maintenance.
Australia broke the contract with France
On September 15, the conclusion of a new one was announced the tripartite defense pact between Australia, the US and Great Britain, known as AUKUS. The contract was signed at an important moment for France, after Australia terminated the contract for the supply of 12 conventionally propelled submarines worth EUR 56 billion.
In response to the conclusion of the pact, France recalled her ambassadors from Washington and Canberraalthough she did not recall the ambassador from Great Britain.
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