Egypt and France are strengthening their strategic partnership with a new Egyptian order for 30 new Rafale fighter jets. With this order, the Egyptian army will be the second best equipped in Rafales in the world after France.
France has just signed a juicy contract of nearly 4 billion euros with Egypt (including 200 million euros in missiles) to complete an order for Rafale fighter jets manufactured by Dassault Aviation. This new order, purchased on credit over 10 years, will bring the number of planes of this type in Egypt to 54.
The French Ministry of the Armed Forces, which welcomed this contract, considered that it “further strengthens the strategic and military partnership between France and Egypt” and a renewed confidence of Egypt in the French combat aircraft.
“This contract illustrates the strategic nature of the partnership that France maintains with Egypt, while our two countries are resolutely committed to the fight against terrorism and work for stability in their regional environment,” said in a press release from the ministry.
In another press release, CEO Eric Trappier of Dasault Aviation, said that this new contract was “proof of the unwavering link that unites Egypt (…) to Dassault Aviation for nearly 50 years”.
According to the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, these are three contracts for the delivery of 30 aircraft and associated equipment with Dassault Aviation, the MBDA missile vessel and the engine manufacturer and defense group Safran and will create 7,000 jobs in France for three years.
“This new order completes the first acquisition of 24 Rafale signed in 2015 and will then bring the number of Rafale in Egyptian colors to 54, thus making the Egyptian Air Force the second in the world after the French Army. Air and Space in France, to operate such a Rafale fleet, ”added Dassault Aviation.