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Record contract for Dassault Aviation

Written by Gérard Tur on Friday, December 3rd 2021 à 18:23 | Read 206 times

The Rafale sale announcements follow one another in southern Europe and in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa).

Dassault is piling up the commercial successes. Dassault Aviation - Eridia / V. Almansa
Dassault is piling up the commercial successes. Dassault Aviation - Eridia / V. Almansa
FRANCE. The United Arab Emirates are raining more than twenty-five billion euros of investment on France. On Friday 3 December, they ordered eighty Rafale fighter-bombers from Dassault Aviation for some fifteen billion euros, twelve Caracal combat helicopters from Airbus Helicopters for two billion, and MBDA missiles (a joint subsidiary of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo) intended to equip the Rafales for two billion euros. Through its sovereign fund, Abu Dhabi will invest eight billion euros in France in the sectors supported by BPI France as part of the recovery plan (space, hydrogen, energy).

The UAE is a close neighbour of the Mediterranean, whose skies will see Rafales flying under the French, Egyptian, Greek, Croatian, Qatari and therefore Emirati flags in the years to come. With this new contract, Dassault has passed the milestone of 400 Rafales sold: 192 in France and 236 exported.
France should be close to thirty billion euros in arms sales by 2021. A record.  

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