Egypt and France have inked a deal to supply Egypt with 30 Rafale aircraft. This was announced by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence on 4 May. With this deal, Egypt now has the second largest Rafale Fleet in the world after France.
The contract was concluded between the Egyptian Armed Forces -on behalf of the Egyptian Ministry of Defence- and the French Dassault Aviation. This new order complements the first acquisition of 24 Rafales signed in February 2015 and will bring the number of Rafales flying under Egyptian colours to 54, making the Egyptian Air Force the second in the world after the French Air Force, to operate such a fleet of Rafales.
“This new order is proof of the unfailing bond that unites Egypt, the first foreign user of the Rafale, as it was for the Mirage 2000, with Dassault Aviation for nearly 50 years. It is also a tribute to Rafale’s operational quality, as this is the second time an export customer has chosen to order additional aircraft. Dassault Aviation and its partners would like to thank the Egyptian authorities for this new mark of trust and assure them of their total commitment to meeting their expectations once again,” stated Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
According to the Egyptian Ministry of Defence, the concluded contract would be financed through a loan with a minimum term of 10 years.
With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft (including 2,500 Falcons) delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale, and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter to the high-end Falcon family of business jets, military drones and space systems. In 2020, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of €5.5 billion.