According to the announcement made by the French Embassy in Athens, the Joint Committee for Military-Technical Cooperation of France & Greece, concluded its meeting, with the main goal of the bilateral strengthening of the defence ties between France & Greece.
The following is the announcement of the French Embassy:
“The Commission, which meets annually, aims to improve defence capabilities, to promote cooperation between the defence industries, to strengthen the interoperability of the defence equipment of our two countries and to develop an industrial partnership between our defence companies.
The Armaments Committee met under the chairmanship of the representatives of the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA), the equipment engineers Thierry Carlier and Thomas Lorne, from the French side, and Rear Admiral Aristides Alexopoulos, General Manager of GDDIA, from the Greek side.
Lieutenant General Carlier welcomed the recent signing of the Greek-French strategic partnership and referred, with his counterpart, to the prospects of cooperation between the two Ministries of Defense.
The acquisition of Rafale aircraft by the Hellenic Air Force was an important positive step, as of course the ongoing discussions on the imminent acquisition of French FDI frigates by the Greek Navy. The focus was also on the promising prospects for cooperation within European programs.
In addition, a meeting was held between French and Greek defence manufacturers. From the French side, representatives of the companies NAVAL GROUP, NEXTER, SAFRAN, THALES, AIRBUS, ARQUUS and MBDA participated.
After meeting the participants in the Commission and the representatives of the companies, Patrick Maisonnave, Ambassador of France to Greece, stressed:
“The strategic partnership is now at the core of the Greek-French relationship and allows us to increase our cooperation in the fields of security and defence to unprecedented levels. Great prospects are opening up and it is up to us to implement them, contributing positively to industrial activity and job creation in both countries.” Concludes the announcement of the French embassy in Athens.