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The Arab Republic of Egypt will purchase an additional 30 RAFALE aircraft to equip its air force. This new order complements the first acquisition of 24 RAFALES signed in February 2015 and will bring the number of RAFALES flying under Egyptian colours to 54, making the Egyptian Air Force the second in the world (after the French Air and Space Force) to operate such a fleet, Dassault said in a statement. According to press reports the deals will be financed through a loan to be re-paid over at least ten years. According to Dassault the deal reflects the strategic relation between Egypt and France.

Jack Richardson