UAE builds up offensive capability with French Rafale deal

Issue 1138 - 09 Dec 2021 | 2 minute read

The UAE announced a deal to acquire 80 Rafale F4 fighter bombers from Dassault Aviation on 3 December, during a visit by France’s President Emmanuel Macron. The €16.6bn ($18.7bn) package also includes 12 Airbus H225M long-range transport helicopters, as well as MICA NG medium-range air-to-air missiles and improved versions of the Black Shaheen 550km range cruise missile. Rafale deliveries will start in 2027.

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