More than two years after being offered 24 Burst, the Egypt of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would exercise the option, which relates to the purchase of twelve Burst-additional. The negotiations, which started since the end of spring 2016 between Dassault Aviation and the egyptian army, butteraient, according to our information, on the financing of this sale. Bercy does not want to grant the same guarantees as two years ago. Which is not a surprise. Yet this is the demand of the Egyptians.
The visit from Monday to Paris Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, who will meet for the first time, Emmanuel Macron during an official visit of three days, could undo this operation… or not. The trend was not optimistic these last few days. Emmanuel Macron tordra-t-he arms to Bercy? Follow. On the other hand, Paris and Cairo would be very close to concluding a contract of about 200 million euros in order to provide the egyptian army with the segment of the floor of the satellite telecom sold in 2016 and the sale of which is estimated at about 600 million euros (Airbus Space Systems and Thales Alenia Space).
Egypt, the first customer of the Rafale in 2015
In addition to the 12 Rafale, the French industrial offer in Cairo, the armament of the four corvettes Gowind be sold in 2014, as well as other warships, including two new Gowind. For his part, Safran offers the tactical uav Patroller, which has been chosen by the French army. Airbus Helicopters pushes the transport helicopter NH90 : 24 best 12 TTH (version terrestrial) and 12 NFH (marine version). Finally, Airbus would like to sell to Egypt the A400M military transport aircraft in Egypt (10 to 12 devices).
Arrived February 16, 2015 in Cairo, the minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, had concluded the first sale of combat aircraft Rafale export (24 in total for a little over 3 billion euros (excluding weapons), during a signing ceremony with the egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The contract was signed a few days later by the CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, the head of the military equipment of the air force of egypt. The agreement of sale of 24 Rafale but also a frégate multimissions FREMM, armed with missiles MBDA to Egypt was initialled on Thursday, 12th February for a total of more than 5.2 billion euros.
This visit will also “discuss topics of common interests such as regional crises and the fight against terrorism, but also on the situation of human rights, to which France is particularly attentive”, said Thursday the presidency said in a statement. “It will also allow to discuss bilateral issues including ways to strengthen our relationship on the plan of the cultural and educational cooperation”, she also said.