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Egypt takes delivery of Rafale fighters

Egypt has taken possession of a second batch of French Rafale fighter aircraft.

By Richard Tomkins
Egypt takes delivery of Rafale fighters
Egypt's Rafale fighters lined up in Cairo. Photo by Egyptian Ministry of Defense

CAIRO, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Egypt has taken delivery of three Rafale fighters from French aircraft company Dassault, the second batch of fighter jets under a contact last signed last year.

The three fighters were delivered in Cairo on Thursday at a special ceremony attended by Egyptian and French officials, Ahram Online reports.

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Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir was quoted as saying the country's growing fleet of Rafale fighters "represent a huge addition to the air forces' fleet and are considered a new addition to the armament system and combat readiness, and enhances the combat capabilites of the armed forces."

Egypt now has a total of six Rafales. The first batch of three aircraft was delivered in July.

Under the deal with France, Egypt ordered 24 Rafales and a FREMM frigate for its Navy. The frigate from DCNS is already operational.

"This deal allows the Egyptian naval and air forces to achieve a special step in its ability to fulfill its missions in supporting efforts to achieve safety and stability in the Middle East," Samir said.

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