Egyptian Air Force becomes first Rafale export user to reach 10,000 flight hours

Egypt Rafale 10000 flight hours
Egyptian Air Force Rafale fighters fly over the pyramids.

The Egyptian Air Force celebrated the Rafale's 10,000 flight hours in early March, becoming the first foreign user to reach that milestone with the type. The ceremony was held at the airbase home to Rafale Squadron "Wild Wolves" and was attended by senior Egyptian authorities and Dassault Aviation representatives.

After a first order in 2015, which made Egypt the first export customer of the Rafale, followed by a second in 2021, Egypt is currently operating 24 Rafales out of a total of 30 ordered.

Dassault underlined how this important milestone confirms the Rafale's technological and operational excellence, and attests to the quality of the training of Egyptian crews received in France as well as the effectiveness of the systems and personnel put in place by Dassault Aviation to support the implementation of the aircraft in Egypt. It also illustrates the great skill of the Egyptian Air Force, which has carried out the transformation of its pilots and mechanics to the Rafale with ease and fluidity.

"Egypt has chosen the Rafale, recognizing its unique "game-changer" character, to ensure its role in full sovereignty as a key player in the regional and international arena, in a demanding geopolitical context. This celebration around the 10,000 flight hours of the Rafale salutes the great mastery of the Egyptian Air Force, the excellence of the Rafale, and honors Dassault Aviation, which has maintained strong relations with Egypt based on trust and commitment for nearly 50 years," said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: Dassault Aviation

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