Sale of 24 Rafale Fighter Jets to Egypt “Imminent”

Reuters12.02.2015 Egypt
Sale of 24 Rafale Fighter Jets to Egypt “Imminent”

Sale of 24 Rafale Fighter Jets to Egypt “Imminent”

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The sale of 24 Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets to Egypt is “imminent”, a French source said, adding that the French and Egyptian Defense Ministries, and Dassault were holding technical talks on Tuesday.

“It will happen. It's imminent,” the source close to the matter said, adding that it was not clear if the deal would be sealed “this week or next week”.

Two industrial sources have told Reuters that Cairo is looking to buy 24 Rafale jets, a Fremm naval frigate and MBDA missiles in a deal worth 5 billion to 6 billion Euros ($5.65-$6.78 billion).

The Rafale is a twin-enginecanard delta-wingmultirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation.

Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacyinterdictionreconnaissance, and nuclear strike missions.

Introduced in 2001, the Rafale is being produced for both the French Air Force and for carrier-based operations in the French Navy.

While the Rafale has been marketed for export to several countries, it has only been selected for purchase by the Indian Air Force.

The Rafale has been used in combat over Afghanistan, Libya, Mali and Iraq. Several upgrades to the weapons and avionics of the Rafale are planned to be introduced by 2018.

Source: Reuters; Wikipedia


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