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Egypt army says it receives first French Rafale warplanes

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Cairo: The spokesman for Egypt’s military says it has received the first three French Rafale warplanes ordered as part of a deal last February.

In a statement on his Facebook page today, Brig Gen Mohammed Samir says the advanced multi-role Rafale aircraft were handed over at a base in southern France.

A total of 24 Rafales, made by Dassault Aviation, were purchased as part of a nearly USD 6 billion deal that also included an advanced frigate and munitions.

The FREMM frigate has already been transferred to Egypt’s navy and named “Long Live Egypt,” the favorite slogan of general-turned politician President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi since he campaigned for office.

The Rafales and the frigate are slated to take part in an August 6 ceremony for the opening of the new Suez Canal extension.