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Greece to acquire Rafale jets from France, four frigates

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis delivers his annual speech on the state of the country's economy, in Thessaloniki, Greece September 12, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will boost its armed forces through the purchase of 18 Dassault-made Rafale fighter jets and four frigates and will hire 15,000 army personnel over the next five years, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday.

Mitsotakis said the country would also “enrich” its defence capacity with new arms, torpedoes and missiles and revamp its loss-making defence industry.

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Reporting by Renee Maltezou and George Georgiopoulos, Editing by William Maclean