The Greek-French agreement in Paris now provides for immediate military assistance from France to Greece and vice versa, in the event of an attack from a third country, even if this country is part of their alliances (such as Turkey , also a member of NATO ).
At the same time, Greece will receive in record time 3 + 1 Belhara frigates with full air defense and anti-submarine warfare equipment and capabilities to shoot down air targets at very long distances.
The frigates, with their high-tech, long-range weapon systems, will act as a power multiplier in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, and in addition to their increased capabilities, they will be fully compatible to operate with aircraft from Rafale fight.
According to government officials, the government is equipping the Navy with a view to the future, as the 3 frigates (with an option to purchase another) are purchased from Greece at the most advantageous price, with full armament and a deadline record delivery.
The first state-of-the-art digital frigate is expected to be delivered in 2025 and the last in 2026.
In this way, Greece’s security is enhanced.
Greece and France are committed through the strategic partnership agreement, beyond and beyond the existing structures (NATO and EU), to help each other militarily if necessary.
But the bilateral agreement also has a purely European dimension, since it is an acceptance of the doctrine of the strategic autonomy of the European Union by the two countries.
In essence, Greece and France, with the bilateral agreement that guarantees the two countries’ cooperation in defense and foreign policy, operate within the framework of their alliances and reinforce the policy of strategic autonomy of the EU.
At the same time, on the table is the provision of 3 state-of-the-art Gowind corvettes (with an option for another) with full equipment.
Greece acted quickly and secured very strong defense cooperation after the AUKUS deal upgrades.
Greece will have three FDI HN (Hellenic Navy) frigates, a configuration that was chosen by our Navy itself.
The ship belongs to the next generation of “digital” frigates and is equipped with the best SeaFire radar.
The latter is associated with the advanced anti-aircraft missiles ASTER 30, in their latest version.
The SeaFire/ASTER 30 combination will provide area air defense to fleet units, at ranges over 100 km, while having anti-ballistic capabilities.
In other words, for the first time in its history, the Navy will equip itself with ships capable of shooting down air targets at very long distances, while being able to offer protection against ballistic missiles.
The armament is complemented by an advanced 76 mm gun, but also a 21-missile RAM system, which complements the ship’s anti-aircraft/anti-missile shield.
The new frigate, in addition to advanced anti-aircraft capabilities, also has state-of-the-art anti-submarine capabilities, thanks to the world-champion CAPTAS-4 sonar.
The latter will be combined with the state-of-the-art MH-60R anti-submarine helicopters that Greece recently purchased from the United States and will be delivered in early 2022.
The anti-submarine armament is supplemented by state-of-the-art anti-submarine torpedoes.
Anti-ship weapons include the most advanced “digital” Exocet MM40 Block 3c, capable of long-range impact, while also capable of hitting coastal targets.
The new digital frigates are complemented by state-of-the-art electronic systems, which are complemented by SETIS, France’s world-leading combat information center.
What does the “Strategic Partnership for Defense and Security Cooperation” between Greece and France mean:
- The agreement confirms the close allied relationship developed by the two countries, improves Greece’s geopolitical footprint in Europe and the region.
- The agreement contains (Article 2) a mutual defense assistance clause in the event of an attack by one of the two countries on its territory. In this way, Greece is safe from threats, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean. At the same time, Article 42(7) of the Treaty on European Union relating to the mutual defense clause becomes substantial thanks to the agreement.
- With this agreement, Greece and France exceed the obligations towards each other within the framework of the European Union and NATO. At the same time, they strengthen the European pillar of defense and NATO, because they are two EU member states, but also allies within NATO.
- The agreement is accompanied by an announcement for the acquisition by the Greek navy of three French frigates.
- The agreement provides for cooperation in defense and foreign policy. In this way, Greece will play a leading role, as previously announced by Kyriakos Mitsotakis of TIF, as well as in his statements at the EUMED summit, in the discussion on the need for a strategically autonomous EU.
- The Mediterranean opens up routes. The Greek-French strategic partnership agreement is a first big step towards the EU’s strategic autonomy.
- Right from his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke of the need to develop the necessary defense capabilities, so that Europe can respond immediately to challenges in its wider neighborhood, such as the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Sahel, where NATO will not be “present”.
- The agreement provides for regular consultations between the foreign and defense ministers of the two countries both on security and defense and on regional and international issues, hybrid threats, maritime security and migration.
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