Responding to a question in the Parliament on “breach of agreement by Dassault Aviation”, the Ministry of National Defense stated that the General Directorate of Defense Equipment and Investments (GDAEE) “is in constant contact with DASSAULT AVIATION, manufacturer of the aircraft (A/F ) RAFALE, and has already requested information on the areas of cooperation with the Hellenic Defense Industry (EABI), in the context of ensuring the security of supply of the program”. In addition, the possibility of joining the Greek defense industry “in the wider circle of sub-manufacturers of their systems” is being considered.
The Ministry of National Defense also stated that during the negotiations for the additional supply of six (6) additional Rafale Dassault communicated specific proposals in writing, in the context of ensuring security of supply and the participation of the Greek defense industry, while committing to the implementation their. In particular, the proposals of the French company are summarized as follows:
1/ In the establishment of a local support center for the long-term support of the Rafale of the PA in terms of managing their logistics (Logistics). The center will provide support in spare parts logistics management, information technology and technical assistance.
2/ To strengthen the security and capabilities of the Rafale Reception and Operation Units, through conducting studies to determine the needs of the PA.
3/ In examining the participation of Greek companies as subcontractors in defense and commercial programs in general, based on the partnerships that each company either already has or plans to develop with Greek partners.
4/ In the transfer of know-how to Greek partners in the field of information technology.
5/ In the establishment of a Rafale Regional Maintenance Center in Tanagra, capable of providing Intermediate Level maintenance to
aircraft fleets of this type for the South East Europe region.
6/ In the renovation of specific building infrastructures in Tanagra to support flights and aircraft maintenance operations.
7/ In collaboration with Greek Universities and Greek partners for research and support for participation in European funded programs.
8/ The establishment of a special group of company personnel in Greece for the management of the above.