UAE Plans to Buy Dassault Rafale Fighter Jets

Egypt's French-made Rafale fighter jets. Photo by Egyptian Air Force

French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to the United Arab Emirates in early December 2021, according to two well-informed officials.

Bloomberg news agency reported that the officials refused to provide details, while a spokeswoman for Macron’s office did not confirm the news of the visit.

Challenges quoted unnamed sources as saying that progress has been made in talks on selling Rafale fighter jets to the UAE, and the deal may be announced before the end of the year. Challenges said the deal could include as many as 30 aircraft.

The reason for the success of the Emirati-French talks regarding the Rafale planes is the French’s reliance on an attempt to draw attention to the technological advantages of the fighter, such as monitoring, jamming and obstruction systems, and armament, which is one of the best in the world right now.

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