The deal includes 80 upgraded Rafale fighter jets and 12 Airbus fighter helicopters worth about $ 18 billion.
France has signed huge arms deals with the UAE, which include 80 upgraded Rafale fighter jets and 12 Airbus fighter helicopters. The arms deals were signed over the weekend during President Macron’s visit to the UAE, as part of a trip to the Persian Gulf countries.
Defense News reports that the deal for 80 Rafale aircraft is worth $ 18 billion, which is a lifesaver for the French defense industry that has lost a huge deal to sell submarines made in France to Australia. Note the close ties between France and the United Arab Emirates. The French have a naval base near Abu Dhabi where French planes and crews are also parked.
The UAE will purchase Raphael aircraft of the upgraded model F-4 from Dassault Aviation, and the signing ceremony was attended by President Macron and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
From the UAE came Macron to Jeddah, where he was received by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They reportedly discussed regional issues including Iranian nuclear weapons and the situation in Lebanon.
During his trip to the Gulf states, Macron accompanies a large delegation of businessmen and industry, including representatives of the large corporations Dassault, Thales, EDF and others.
The French news agency AFP reported that in the Gulf countries there is uncertainty about the current focus and attention of President Biden’s government in this region of the world. Although the Gulf states purchase large quantities of American weapons.