CAIRO: Egypt’s Armed Forces received three Rafale fighter jets in the second wave of 24 Rafale warplanes Cairo purchased from France, the military announced Thursday, bringing its total to six.
The jets are expected to fly over Cairo, Giza and 6th of October City along with other planes to celebrate their arrival in an air show.
The Rafale jets “enhance Egypt’s capacity in its mission to support security and stability in the Middle East,” the military said.
Egypt and France signed the $5.9-billion deal in February; the first wave of three jets arrived in July 2015.
The deal, which will upgrade Egypt’s arsenal, comes amid security threats in the Sinai Peninsula and the rise of Jihadist groups in the Egypt-Libya borderline.