France delivers first batch of fighter jets to Egypt
Egypt 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.
6 April, 2013 Egyptian court drops lawsuit to ban comedy show CAIRO (AP) — A Cairo court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that a popular Egyptian satirist's TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and containing excessive sexual innuendo.
12 February, 2015 France clinches first foreign sale of Rafale jets with Egypt contract France announced Thursday it will sell 24 Rafale fighters plus a frigate to Egypt in a 5.2 billion euro ($5.9 billion) deal that marks the first foreign contract for the multi-role combat jet. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will travel to Cairo on Monday to sign the contact […]
6 March, 2016 Egypt, France in joint Mediterranean military exercise Egypt and France began Sunday joint manoeuvres in the Mediterranean in which French Rafale warplanes purchased by Cairo last year are taking part, the Egyptian army said. The "Ramses 2016" military and naval exercise is being held off the coast of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and […]
14 February, 2015 Egypt ends US arms ‘monopoly’ with French jet fighter deal Egypt's decision to buy 24 Rafale jet fighters from France underscores its determination to diversify its sources of weapons and reduce its dependence on the United States, experts said. The United States -- a long-time strategic partner of Egypt, to which it gives about $1.5 billion in […]
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