Egypt is on the “elite” list of the most prominent indications called “Rafale” deal

A magazine specialized in arms and ammunition affairs in the world revealed that Egypt’s success in purchasing the “Rafale” along with advanced weapons made it join the “elite” list.

“Military Watch” magazine said that the new “Rafale” deal represents the fourth major Egyptian contract for the purchase of new fighters since 2013, as Egypt went to diversify the sources of purchasing weapons, noting that other contracts for the new fighters are to buy 46 Russian MiG-29M fighters Medium-weight, another contract to purchase 24 lightweight Rafale fighters.

In addition to another contract signed in 2018 to purchase 26 heavyweight “Su-35” fighters, which are currently considered “elite”, according to the magazine’s description.

On the details of the deal Egypt concluded with France to buy the French “Rafale” fighters, Military Watch magazine, which specializes in military affairs, said that Egypt had implemented a maneuver in the negotiations, as it prolonged the negotiations with the aim of reaching the best possible contract formula with the French side.

The newspaper revealed that Egypt has obtained an ideal purchase contract, as the Egyptian side will receive 30 fighters under a deal worth 3.75 billion euros (4.5 billion dollars), to be financed through a loan that will be repaid over a period of at least 10 years.

The announcement comes after years of talks about a possible follow-up to a deal signed in February 2015. The negotiations have prolonged, as Egypt carefully studied the available alternatives due to what the magazine described as “French inflexibility regarding the price of fighters.”

According to sources, the fighters will come at an average cost of $ 150 million each, in contrast to the capacity obtained by the Indian side to buy 36 fighters, as the price of one fighter provided to India was about $ 217 million per plane, which is 45% more than the value that the Egyptian side will pay. Which reveals a great Egyptian negotiating success.

A report by the French newspaper “La Tribune” said that the contract that Egypt signed with France to buy the “Rafale” fighters might hide other military requests, including a very important weapon in the event of a war outside Egypt.

However, the newspaper mentioned that behind the “Rafale” contract, which will enter into force in June, or even in July for Egypt, other contracts may be announced soon, such as Cairo’s purchase of a satellite, two MRTT refueling planes and remote radar systems. Term.

The “MRTT” aircraft is one of the “most capable new generation multi-mission carriers”, as it is described on the Airbus Defense website, as it “has proven its efficiency on the battlefield, and has unique multi-role capabilities”.

Egypt’s acquisition of aircraft designated for refueling by air means increasing the range that its combat aircraft can reach, thus enhancing its ability to carry out operations outside its territory.

Earlier, the Egyptian Ministry of Defense announced the signing of a contract with France to supply 30 Rafale aircraft, provided that the contract would be funded through a financing loan with a minimum duration of 10 years.

The Egyptian Ministry of Defense said, “Egypt and France signed a contract to supply 30 Rafale aircraft, through the Egyptian Armed Forces and the French Dassault Aviation Company, provided that the concluded contract is financed through a financing loan of a minimum period of 10 years.”
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