The Greek Air Force is set to sell its Mirage 2000 aircraft with potential buyers being India, which is looking to boost its own fleet. This move aims to finance the acquisition of more Rafale fighter-bombers.
The Greek Air Force, having retired 18 Mirage 2000 EGM/BM units in 2022, is concentrating on efficiently supporting the Mirage 2000-5 models. The Indian Air Force (IAF), already running low on combat aircrafts and needing parts for the 50 Mirage 2000 units in service, has expressed interest in acquiring these units. If this transaction materialises, it could be a game changer for the IAF, not only increasing their combat aircraft numbers but also providing spare parts for their existing fleet.
Propelled by the prospect of bolstering military cooperation with India, the Greek government views the potential Mirage 2000 sale as a viable approach. The potential transaction is being estimated to be in the ballpark of “a few million euros”.
The Greek Air Force has also taken into account the potential sale of its Mirage 2000-5 units in view of the high costs of upgrading them. The sale of the Mirage 2000-5 could fund the purchase of an additional six Rafale aircrafts.
With this strategy, the Greek Air Force could outfit two squadrons with 30 Rafale aircrafts. Supporters of this strategy consider it as a means to qualitatively fortify Greek fighter aviation while also streamlining operational readiness.
On a final note, this strategy could result in the Tanagra base having to only maintain Rafale aircraft, a move that could potentially improve efficiency for the Greek Air Force.