Egypt will start receiving the 30 Rafale fighter jets from France in the period between 2024 and 2026, according to an official at the French Ministry of Armed forces.
Egypt has inked a contract with France to buy 30 Rafale fighter jets in a deal worth 3.75 billion euro ($4.5 billion), the defense ministry announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The ministry added that the deal would be financed through a loan to be re-paid over at least 10 years.
It is worth noting that Egypt has been negotiating on the additional Rafale order since the completion of the initial deal in 2015, and due to some obstacles, including financial and technical ones, the deal was suspended for several years.
The New Egyptian Rafales will be the F3R version armed with the Meteor & MICA NG (BVR) air-to-air missiles.