The contract concluded by Egypt to buy 30 “Rafale” fighters proves the success of this aircraft in the French defense industries, which has witnessed doubling the contracts after many years of export difficulties.
“In the context of the political leadership’s interest in developing and developing the comprehensive state forces, Egypt and France signed a contract to supply 30 Rafale aircraft,” the Egyptian army said in a statement published (Tuesday), according to the French Press Agency.
The Rafale plane underwent its first test in 1986, as it was developed to replace the French “Mirage 2000” and the British, Italian and German “Tornado” aircraft.
And it has been used by the French Navy since 2004, and by the Air Force since 2006, and it replaced seven types of fighters of previous generations.
This aircraft is capable of carrying out various missions during one sortie, and conducting air defense operations, strategic bombing and support on the ground, war on ships and air reconnaissance operations.
It is also the French airborne nuclear deterrent. The aircraft weighing 10 tons is the only one capable of carrying 1.5 times its weight in weapons and fuel. In terms of armament, the aircraft has a versatile system: a 30mm cannon, air-to-air missiles, laser-guided bombs, and cruise missiles.
Its latest version, “F3R,” allows it to carry a “long-range air-to-meteor missile”, and its capabilities provide an additional commercial argument for “Rafale”, as the French side mentioned. The aircraft was manufactured in cooperation with “Dassault Aviation”, which oversees 60% of its value, the electronics company “Thales” (22%) and the “Safran Engine Production” company (18%) that supplies the engine “M-88”. The French fighter “Rafale” will remain. With distinction until 2040.
Dassault Aviation is currently developing a new version of the Rafale within the framework of a program estimated to cost two billion euros. The plane will be delivered in 2024 and presented as a “technological, industrial and strategic leap” at the same time.