Dassault Aviation has announced that the contract for procurement of 30 additional Rafale aircraft to equip the Egyptian Air Force has taken effect.
This contract completes the first acquisition of 24 Rafales, signed in 2015, and will bring the number of Rafales operated by the Egyptian Air Force to 54, making Egypt the second in the world to operate such a fleet of Rafales after the French Air Force.
The acquisition of these aircraft sets a new milestone in the strategic partnership between Egypt and France, and strengthens the near-50-year ties forged with Dassault Aviation. It also demonstrates the satisfaction of the Egyptian authorities with the execution of the first contract, and it confirms the technological and operational excellence of the Rafale.
“In a demanding geopolitical context, Egypt has chosen the Rafale to ensure its role as a key player in the regional and international arena, in full sovereignty,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
“This is an honor for Dassault Aviation and its partners, who are fully committed to meeting the expectations of the Egyptian authorities.”