Combact Aircraft: Αφιέρωμα στην Μοίρα 331 της Ελληνικής Πολεμικής Αεροπορίας (αγγλικά)
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The history of the Hellenic AF Mirage 2000 dates back to 1988, when the First examples of the French-built fighter touched down at Tanagra in central Greece. The Mirage 2000 force, divided into two squadrons, 331 and 332 Mira, signaled resurgence in Greek interception capabilities, and the fighters would provide the tip of the spear for Hellenic air defense for years to come.
Mirage 2000 pilots soon enjoyed total air supremacy over the Aegean waters, taking advantage of the Mirage’s outstanding dogfighting performance, advanced weapons and self-protection equipment. Until the introduction of the AMRAAM missile on F-16 Fighting Falcon fleets on both sides of the Aegean from the late 1990, the Mirage ruled the roost As the French-made fighter began to lag behind its American rival in beyond visual range (BVR) engagements, the Greek government signed a contract with Dassault, Thomson-CSF, SNECMA and Matra BAe Dynamics in August 2000, covering 15 new Mirage 2000-5 Mk2 fighters and the modernization of 10 aircraft from the existing fleet. The first airframe upgraded by Hellenic Aerospace Industry made its maiden flight atTanagrain January 2005 and the new-built fighters from Dassault began to arrive inGreecefrom July 2007.