Egypt has signed the deal to buy 24 Rafale combat jets from France. The five billion euro deal is a seen as a breakthrough for the French defence firm Dassault which has spent years trying to win an export order for the fighter.
Egypt will also get a naval frigate and related military equipment as part of the package.
The official signing comes a year after France won a contract to sell Egypt four frigates for a billion euros. It was the country’s first big contract from Egypt for around 20 years.
Paris is hoping to sell 126 of the Rafale jets to India but the deal has yet to be finalised.