Egypt and France signed an agreement for the supply of 30 French Rafale fighters to the Egyptian Air Force. The Defense Ministry in Cairo said in a statement that the planes will strengthen Egypt's national security.
Reuters reported that the deal is worth 4 billion euros. French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly praised the deal and called Egypt a strategic partner. She said the manufacturing of the planes by Dassault Aviation would add 7,000 jobs.
The EDR website said that in 2015 Egypt acquired 24 Rafale fighters, and it is presumed that the country decided to strengthen its Air Force due to developments in neighboring Libya. The Egyptian Air Force will operate a total of 54 of this type of fighter aircraft, making Egypt the second largest operator of the planes after France.