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Egypt to buy 30 Rafale fighter jets from France in multi-billion dollar deal

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PARIS (AFP) — France has agreed to sell 30 more Rafale fighter jets to Egypt, a source close to the contract said on Monday, confirming an online report of a secret mega-defense deal.

Investigative site Disclose, citing confidential documents it had obtained, said the deal had been signed on April 26 at the behest of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi as part of defense contracts worth almost four billion euros ($4.8 billion).

It said that the deal consisted of three distinct contracts, by far the biggest being the 3.75-billion-euro ($5.52 billion) purchase of 30 Rafale fighter jets from French producer Dassault.

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Two contracts were also given to MBDA and Safran Electronics and Defense, which both produce equipment for missiles. The total volume of the transactions was thus 3.95 billion euros ($4.76 billion), it said.

A source close to the contract, who asked not to be named, confirmed to AFP that Egypt had ordered 30 more fighter jets but did not give details........

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