United Arab Emirates sign contract to purchase 80 Rafale fighter jets from France, Elysee announces


Emmanuel Macron is making a short visit to Dubai on Friday, the first stop on a tour of the Gulf.

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The Elysee Palace announced, Friday, December 3, the signing of an agreement with the United Arab Emirates for the purchase of 80 Rafale fighter jets and of 12 Caracal helicopters. This order is the largest obtained internationally for the French fighter aircraft since it entered service in 2004. “This is a major achievement of the strategic partnership between the two countries”, welcomed the French presidency in a press release. Emmanuel Macron, who is making a short visit to Dubai on Friday as part of a tour of the Gulf, will speak at 1:45 p.m.

The combat aircraft manufactured by Dassault Aviation will be delivered from 2027 to the F4 standard, a program in development of nearly two billion euros deliverable in 2024 and presented as a “technological, industrial and strategic leap”. This order aims to replace the 60 Mirage 2000-9 acquired in 1998 by the Emirates. The Emirates are the fifth most important customer of the French defense industry over the decade 2011-2020, with 4.7 billion euros in orders, according to the report to Parliament on French arms exports .



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