UAE signs deal for 80 French Rafale fighter jets

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The United Arab Emirates has signed a deal for 80 French-made Rafale fighter jets, the biggest in-ternational order ever made for the warplanes, officials said on Friday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The UAE, one of the French de-fence industry’s biggest custom-ers, also agreed to buy 12 Caracal military transport helicopters, the French presidency said in a statement.

“This is an outcome of the strate-gic partnership between the two countries, consolidating their ca-pacity to act together for their autonomy and security,” the statement said.

The Rafale order is the biggest made internationally for the air-craft since it entered into service in 2004.

The agreement was signed by Dassault Aviation director-general Eric Trapier as Macron held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on the first day of a visit to the Gulf.—APP

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