France places $5.5 billion order for 42 new Rafale fighters

France places order 42 Rafales
Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft.

French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation announced on Friday that it has received an order from the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) for 42 Rafale “tranche 5” fighter jets for the French Air Force. The value of the order is approximately €5 billion ($5.5 billion) and deliveries are expected between 2027 and 2032.

“On behalf of Dassault Aviation and the 400 companies involved in the Rafale program, I would like to thank the Ministry for the Armed Forces, the DGA and the AAE for their renewed confidence. We are ready and determined to use our skills as prime contractor and complex systems integrator to serve the sovereignty of our nation. This military industrial sovereignty is an exception in Europe. It guarantees the superiority of our combat aviation. It is also an asset for diplomatic influence and an economic strength in export trade”, says √Čric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

As highlighted by Dassault, The Rafale is a technical, operational and commercial success which continues to position France at a world-class level in combat aircraft.

The Rafale has been designed to evolve by successive standards, in order to adapt the latest technologies to user needs. Standard 4, focusing particularly on connectivity, is under development. Standard 5, which is currently preparing for launch, will bring new capabilities in collaborative combat.

The Rafale is a success in the export market, with seven customer countries to date. The order book, plus the new “tranche 5” contract, secure production activity for the next ten years.

Dassault has 229 Rafales on its order books to date: 159 for export and 70 for France.

Source, Image: Dassault Aviation

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