Greece Rafale A.Gonzales 1 640First Greek Rafale B

On 18 May 2021, the first Rafale B with serial 401 for the Elliniki Polemiki Aeroporia (HAF, Hellenic Air Force) was photographed whilst flying from Base Aérienne 125 (BA 125) Istres-Le Tubé in the south of France.

In January 2021, Greece placed an initial order of 18 Dassault Rafale fighter jets. This contract includes twelve used Rafale jets of the Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (French Air and Space Force) and six new aircraft. Scramble Magazine reported on the Greek Rafale contract on 5 September 2020, 13 September 2020 and 25 January 2021.

The used aircraft can be delivered soon, the first Rafale is expected to be handed over to Greece in July 2021, but will stay in France to train future pilots. Delivery schedule of the first six aircraft is one each month with number six to be handed over in December 2021. Early 2022, the first Rafales will land in in Greece.

By 2023, all Rafales should be added to the inventory of 332 Mira Geraki Hawk, of the 114th Combat Wing based at Tanagra (Greece). Once fully mission capable, they will replace the Dassault Mirage 2000BGs and Mirage 2000EGs operated by the unit.

This first Rafale B, serial 401, is reported to be ex French Air Force 305. If you know the previous French identities of the twelve second-hand Rafales, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by A.Gonzalès (Twitter)

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