The order of 30 Rafale fighter jets by Cairo for around 4 billion euros “further strengthens the strategic and military partnership between France and Egypt,” the French military ministry welcomed on Tuesday. “This treaty illustrates the strategic nature of the partnership that France has with Egypt, while our two countries take decisive action against terrorism and work for stability in their regional environment,” confirms Florence Parly in a press release from the ministry.
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Cairo and Paris willingly show their convergence in the fight against terrorism and other regional security issues such as rivalries with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This new contract “reflects our partner’s renewed confidence in French aircraft,” the ministry also appreciates.
A contract that creates 7,000 jobs in France
Given the criticism of NGOs against the Egyptian regime, who accuse them of disregarding human rights and using armaments against civilians, the ministry argues that “exports of military equipment are part of France’s defense and security policy”. They are also “vital to our defense industry and the equipment of our armed forces (and) also contribute to our country’s strategic autonomy and influence,” he said. This contract is intended to create the equivalent of 7,000 jobs in France for three years.
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“This new order completes the first acquisition of 24 Rafale, signed in 2015, and will then increase the number of Rafale in Egyptian colors to 54. This makes the Egyptian Air Force the second in the world after the Army of Air and French Space operate such a fleet from Rafale “, his side Dassault Aviation welcomes in a separate press release. It is “proof of the unshakable bond that Egypt (…) has had with Dassault Aviation for almost 50 years,” said CEO Eric Trappier, quoted in the press release. The order includes three contracts for the supply of 30 aircraft and associated equipment with Dassault Aviation, the MBDA missile, and the engine manufacturer and defense group Safran.
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The first aircraft will be delivered three years after this contract comes into force. The transaction amount is € 3.95 billion, including € 200 million for missiles, according to French investigative media Disclose, which revealed the information on Monday.
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