France signed 7.02 billion US dollar agreement with Qatar to supply 24 Rafale fighter jets

May 5, 2015 16:09 IST

France on 4 May 2015 signed a 7.02 billion US dollars agreement with Qatar to supply 24 Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets. This is the third contract to sell Rafale Fighter jets after contracts with Egypt and India.

Agreement was signed by the French President Francois Hollande and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, Qatar.

The agreement also includes training of 36 Qatari pilots and 100 technicians by the French military. It will also provide for the training of a number of Qatari intelligence officers.

Since the first sale of Rafale fighter jets to Egypt, the French planes have become the best-seller worldwide and it could help to make France the world’s second biggest supplier of weaponry after the United States.

The Rafale export deals are expected to give 21 billion euro in 2015 to French economy, a significant boost for a still-struggling French economy.

The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed. It was introduced in 2001 and has been built by Dassault Aviation.

Since its introduction, the Rafales have been used in combat operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali and Iraq.

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