Qatar and France today signed $12 billion in deals including the purchase of 12 Dassault Rafale jets with an option to buy 36 more fighter planes.
The deals were signed between Qatar's Emir and French President Emmanuel Macron during the French president's visit to Doha on Thursday.
Qatar has previously signed up to buy 24 Rafale jets and had retained options to buy 12 more. With today's deal signing, it has exercised that options taking its total order book to 36.
If it proceeds with the 36 additional option, its total number of Rafale jets with it will go up to 72, making it the biggest operator of Rafale fighter jets in the world after France.
Macron is traveling with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who in 2015 as defense minister helped negotiate a deal with Qatar to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets.
Macron's one-day trip to the small Gulf nation comes as it faces continued isolation and a boycott by some of its Arab neighbors.
Qatars contract for the purchase of 24 Rafale aircraft signed in May this year came into force today. What this could mean is that Qatar may have paid up the advance required for Dassault to start work on the Rafale fighters meant for the Gulf state
Qatar Airways, the tiny gulf nations national carrier has received flying rights between Doha and the French cities of Lyons and Nice, barely months after Qatar signed up to buy 24 Dassault Rafale aircraft. The grant of flying rights against stiff opposition by Air France and its unions is considered as an offset for the purchase of 24 Rafale fighter jets worth 6
Qatar Airways has secured additional traffic rights into France during the days it was negotiating a €6.3 billion ($7
Qatar has agreed to buy 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets and MBDA missiles from France for 6.3 billion euro ($7
Qatar and the European Union (EU) concluded discussions for a potential open skies agreement last week which will give airlines of the EU nations and Qatar Airways unrestricted access to one anothers airports. The deal is seen as giving a tremendous advantage to the Qatari carrier at the expense of European airlines such as Lufthansa, KLM-Air France and Alitalia
Dassault Aviation announced Tuesday that it has begun exercising an option to deliver more Rafale fighter jets to Qatar. The firm said that it has received Qatars down payment for a follow-on batch of 12 Rafale fighters, bringing into force the order it awarded in December last year
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of equipment and support to upgrade the Qatari Emiri Air Forces (QEAF) Air Operation Center (AOC) for an estimated cost of $197 million. The purchase is meant to enhance the performance of integrated air defense planning and provide US-Qatari systems interoperability
Russia and Qatar are holding talks on possible supplies of Sukhoi-35 fighter jets to the Qatari Air Force, Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian Presidents aide for cooperation in defense technologies told reporters on Thursday. "Talks are in progress," he was quoted as saying by the Russian state news agency TASS
The government of India has clarified its stand on the allegations in regard to the 2016 Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to procure 36 Rafale aircraft in fly-away condition from France today. “Unfounded allegations are being made regarding the 2016 Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to procure 36 Rafale aircraft in fly-away condition from France
Qatar will reportedly expand the US airbase located in southwest of Doha, that currently houses about 10,000 US military personnel, the countrys Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs H E Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah said during his visit to Washington, DC, this week
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