France sells 24 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar

France announces plan to pen deal with Qatar for export of 24 fighter jets

Updated Jul 28, 2015

France is set to sell 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets to Qatar after the two sides agreed to sign a deal on May 4, according to a statement issued on Thursday by the office of French President François Hollande.

"At the invitation of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, the president of the Republic will go to Doha on May 4 to attend the signing of contracts between Dassault Aviation and MBDA, and Qatar, as well as the intergovernmental agreement which sets the framework for cooperation between our two countries," the Elysée presidential palace statement said.

A defence ministry official added that the $7.1 billion deal will also include the sale of MBDA missiles as well as the training of 36 pilots and around 100 mechanics, with the first delivery due in 2017.

France has so far sold a total of 84 Rafale fighter jets in deals worth approximately $17 billion, and previously penned deals for the sale of 24 Rafales to Egypt in February and a further 36 sold to India in April.

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