CAIRO: Big-ticket French Rafale fighter jets will be modified before being delivered to Egypt, Defense News reported Sunday.
The Dassault Aviation Company will remove nuclear warhead capabilities, as well as NATO communication systems, as Egypt is not a member state, the outlet reported.
French newspaper Le Figaro reported Wednesday that Egypt may receive 3 Rafale fighter jets from France by this summer for the August inauguration ceremony of the new Suez Canal.
On Feb. 16, Egypt and France signed agreements whereby Paris will supply Cairo with 24 Rafale combat jets and a FREMM multipurpose frigate worth $5.9 billion.
In November, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi visited France, where he discussed the means to upgrade Egypt’s fleet of 18 French Mirage jets.