CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s military has confirmed it ordered 30 Rafale jets from French firm Dassault Aviation in order to boost the country’s national security.
Egypt and France have signed a contract which will see France supply 30 French-made Rafale fighter jets to Egypt.
In a statement, Egypt’s military said the order will be financed through a 10 year loan. It however declined to reveal the value of the deal.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly welcomed the deal saying it would be of great importance to her country’s sovereignty, adding that the sale would help secure at least 7,000 jobs over the next three years.
In a statement on Tuesday, Parly said, the deal “reinforces the strategic and military partnership between France and Egypt.”
In 2015, Egypt signed a deal to purchase 24 Rafale jets. During this time, the country had decided to boost its air forces amid intense conflicts raging across neighboring Libya.