France clinches first foreign sale of Rafale jets with Egypt contract


PARIS: France announced on Thursday (Friday in Manila) it will sell 24 Rafale fighters plus a frigate to Egypt in a 5 billion euro ($5.7 billion) deal that marks the first foreign contract for the multi-role combat jet. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will travel to Cairo on Monday to sign the contact with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a ministry source told Agence France-Presse. “The Rafale fighter jet has won its first export contract,” French President Francois Hollande said in a statement issued by his office.



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