France: 12 new Rafale aircraft for Egypt?
Agreement will be signed during Macron's visit
Despite the stop imposed by the United States in the exportation of Dassault Rafale aircraft to Egypt, because together with the fighter it would have sold the MBDA Scalp cruise missile that contain US microchips. But during the visit of the next week-end by Emmanuel Macron to his counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi it could be signed the agreement for the order of 12 Rafale for the Egyptian Air Force. It is not clear if France has persuaded the United States to give the permission to export the Scalp missiles, or if another type of cruise missile will be sold with the fighters that does not contain parts produced by American companies. Probably this is the second hypothesis and the negotiations with Cairo have been hectic in recent days, managing to overcome the impasse that had been created and that was putting at risk the visit of the French President.
In addition to the Rafas, probably the French visit will be used to place other orders in Egypt: Macron and al-Sisi should sign a series of contracts including the one to commission Naval Group to build two Gowind-class corvettes for the Egyptian Navy. This is a way for France to try to recover positions in Africa, using the excellent relations with the Egyptian President to strengthen those with the entire African Union that is currently under the presidency of Egypt. A strategic partnership politically and industrially.
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