France and Qatar have reached a deal over the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets.
The agreement worth some 6.3 billion euros is the third of its kind for Dassault Aviation after deals to sell Rafales to Egypt and India.
The package also includes MBDA missiles and the training of 36 Qatari pilots and 100 technicians by the French army.
The aircraft has been losing out since the turn of the century to American rivals and to the part-British “Eurofighter” or Typhoon. French officials say the
Middle East sales reflect an unwillingness by Arab countries to become too dependent on US weaponry.