Egyptian Air Force places order for additional 30 Rafales

Egypt confirmed the purchase of an additional 30 Rafales to equip its air force earlier this month following a deal for 24 Rafales signed with Dassault Aviation in February 2015.

With the latest order the Egyptian Air Force will have a total of 54 Rafales, making it the second air force in the world after the French Air Force, to operate a fleet of Rafales.

Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, said: “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 the Rafale’s operational quality, as this is the second time an export customer has chosen to order additional aircraft,” Trappier added.

Separately, in January 2021, Dassault Aviation signed a contract for the sale of 12 Rafale aircraft with Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces. These aircraft will replace the 12 Rafales of the French Air and Space Force (FASF) sold to the Hellenic Air Force.

The Rafale entered service with the French Navy in 2004 and with the FASF in 2006, gradually replacing the seven types of previous-generation combat aircraft.

Of the 192 Rafales ordered by France to date, 152 have been delivered.

A total of 114 Rafales have been ordered by Egypt, Qatar, India and Greece to date.

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