Greece to buy French frigates after ordering fighter jets

Greece will buy frigates from France to strengthen its navy, the National Herald reported on Wednesday.

The plans to buy the Belharra class ships follow the signing of a $2.79 billion deal with France to buy 12 used and six new Rafale fighter jets, the New York-based Greek American newspaper said.

Greece has close political and defence ties with France, which has backed Athens in a dispute with Turkey over territory in the eastern Mediterranean.

The acquisition of the French frigates will constitute the largest weapons program ever undertaken by the Greek armed forces, the National Herald said. Total spending would amount to 5 billion euros ($6.05 billion), it said.

The purchase agreement with France includes renovating older warships and building two new ships at Greek shipyards, the newspaper said.