European multinational developer and missile manufacturer MBDA has signed a mid-life refurbishment contract for air-launched cruise missiles with the Hellenic Air Force.
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The contract includes procurement of mission planning products, maintenance, and technical assistance for SCALP missiles (General Purpose Long-Range Autonomous Cruise Missile System) with the Greek Ministry of National Defence.
The deal was signed by Admiral Aristeidis Alexopoulos, Greek Ministry of National Defence – defence investments and armaments general director, and MBDA chief executive officer Eric Béranger on 11 May.
Béranger said the company maintains a close relationship with Greece and the agreement will help prolong the operational superiority of the SCALP missile against future threats.
“The signing of this contract has a particular meaning for MBDA, coming 55 years after we signed our first-ever Exocet contract with Greece,” he said.
“Our commitment since then never faltered and we are very honoured by this additional expression of trust from the Hellenic Air Forces towards MBDA for the mid-life refurbishment of these SCALP missiles.
“This is again reinforcing our commitment to continue to deliver key sovereign capabilities that provide the best solutions to meet the requirements of the Hellenic Armed Forces customer.”
The SCALP missile currently equips the Hellenic Air Force’s Mirage 2000-5 and Rafale fighter aircraft. Further, SCALP missiles were ordered by Greece as part of the weapon packages for the 18 Rafale ordered in 2021 and the additional six Rafale ordered in 2022.
The deep strike weapon is able to operate in extreme conditions and be fitted to upcoming Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. It has previously been used by the Royal Air Force, the French Air Force, and across conflicts in the Gulf, Iraq, and Libya.