Egypt have ordered 24 Rafale combat jets from Dassault Aviation, in a deal worth €5bn euros (£3.7bn; $5.7bn).
“I would like to thank the highest Egyptian authorities for this strategic and historic partnership. Dassault Aviation will be equal to the faith that they have placed in us yet again”, declared Eric Trappier, President and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
“… I would also like to thank the French authorities, which were behind the Rafale program, and have provided the political support, without which we cannot make any military exports. I would also like to pay tribute to the skills and know-how of the 7,000 people who work on the Rafale at Dassault Aviation, Thales, Safran and for our 500 subcontractors.”
The Rafale is an omnirole fighter capable of accomplishing air-air, air-ground, and air-sea missions, which has been in active service with the French Navy and Air Force since 2004, gradually replacing seven types of aircraft.
The Indian proposal for 126 Rafale’s remains tricky with negotiations are still ongoing with India, as with several other goverments who are interested in the Rafale.