France is initiating negotiations with Egypt on buying two more Gowind Corvettes.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Cairo last weekend. A French diplomat said after a meeting between Le Drian and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi “there is a bid for two more corvettes; the discussions are ongoing."
Egypt has already signed a contract with the French company DCNS to receive four Gowind-class corvettes in a USD $1.1-billion deal.
The request for more vessels came days after Cairo took delivery of three of the 24 Rafale fighter jets it bought from Paris for USD $5.9 billion, various media reported Saturday. Egypt has been the first country to buy the warplanes.
France’s increased sale of military equipment to Egypt comes against the backdrop of incessant efforts by Paris to broaden its presence in the Middle East military equations.
The socialist government of President Francois Hollande has already sealed deals with Saudi Arabia for delivering weapons worth more than USD $12 billion.
Egypt said that it wants the jets and warships to improve its military capability in dealing with rising threats from an unstable Libya and also the militancy in its northern Sinai Peninsula.
Egypt today has received first three of the 24 Rafales it ordered in a $6 billion deal with France in February this year. Egyptian authorities took charge of the planes at an air base in southern France and will be taken to Cairo by trained pilots on Tuesday, AFP reported
IS militants in Sinai claim that they have carried out a missile attack on an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday. The militants said that they destroyed the naval ship with a guided missile
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Frances Naval Group launched the first Gowind Corvette warship built in Egypt yesterday in Alexandria shipyard. Along with the first ever delivered Gowind corvette, Elfateh, already deployed by Egyptian Navy on many operational theatres, it will contribute to increase the Egyptian Navy Power
The United Arab Emirates has closed the deal to acquire two French-made Gowind-class corvettes during France's Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, visit to Abu Dhabi this week. French President Emmanuel Macron announced the deal Thursday, stating “this decision further strengthens the strategic and military partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates, and represents a new export success for France”
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Egypts Special Forces are eyeing to buy the Russian intelligence system 'Strelets'. An Egyptian military delegation attended a counter-terrorism training session for the districts troops, which involved 1,200 soldiers and 400 units of military hardware
Egypt has received 6,000-tonne French multi-mission frigate at Ras el-Tine naval base, near Alexandria on Egypt´s Mediterranean coast on Friday. The French warship built by DCNS, was bought by Egypt as part of 5
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