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Egypt receives its last Rafale EM fighter jets

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

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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