Unreal: France sells more fighter jets to – Qatar

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France hits jackpot with Qatar fighter jet dealFrance has struck a deal with Qatar for 24 Rafale fighter jets. Photo: AFP

France hits jackpot with Qatar fighter jet deal

Published: 30 Apr 2015

French group Dassault Aviation is poised to sign a multi-billion-euro deal with Qatar for 36 of its Rafale fighter jets, the presidency and sources said Thursday, the third foreign order this year.

Having struggled for years to sell any of its Rafale jets abroad, Dassault has recently scored several lucrative, high-profile contracts with Egypt, India, and now Qatar.

The agreement, which will be signed on May 4 in Doha in the presence of French President Francois Hollande, includes a firm order for 24 jets with an option on 12 other planes, sources close to the negotiations told AFP earlier.

Earlier this year, Egypt bought 24 Rafales in a €5.2-billion($5.8-billion) deal negotiated in just three months, prompting hopes in Paris that the agreement would act…

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