France delivers first batch of fighter jets to Egypt

Head of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, poses in front of a Rafale fighter jet during a ceremony on July 20, 2015 in Istres for the delivery of three Rafale fighter jets from France to EgyptEgypt on Monday took delivery of three Rafale fighter jets from France, the first of 24 warplanes sold in a 5.2 billion euro ($5.6 billion) deal earlier this year. Egyptian authorities took charge of the planes at an air base in southern France, and they will be flown to Cairo by specially trained pilots on Tuesday. Cairo is hoping to boost its military presence as it faces an unstable Libya to the west and threats from militants linked to the Islamic State group in its Sinai Peninsula to the east.


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