Egypt receives its last Rafale EM fighter jets

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On November 28, the Egyptian Air Force received its last three Rafale EM (single seater) fighter jets, the EM06, 07 and 08.

The aircraft departed the Dassault Aviation facilities on Bordeaux-Mérignac airport, to reach Gebel El Basur air base, located about 85 kilometers northwest of the city of Cairo, in the north of Egypt. That was reported by defens-aero.com.

Egypt ordered 16 Rafale DM twin seat and eight Rafale EM single seat fighters on 16 February 2015.

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The Egyptian Air Force currently possesses 14 Rafale (8 Rafale EM + 6 Rafale DM) out of 24 aircraft. The contract for an additional 12 is yet to be signed.

Egyptian Rafale fighter jets will be armed with Mica air-to-air missiles, Scalp cruise missiles and AASM Hammer guided missiles.

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The Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions.

Rafale EM fighter jets. Photo by Julien Chierici

Rafale EM fighter jets. Photo by Julien Chierici

 


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