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Dassault Has Backlog of 111 Rafale Fighters
During a press conference, Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, presented 2018 first half-year results on July, 19 (Image: Dassault)

Dassault Aviation, in its 2018 first half-yearly financial release statement stated that the company has a backlog of 111 Rafale fighter jets as of June 30, 2018.

The French Defense backlog stood at EUR 2,982 million, compared to EUR 3,039 million as of December 31, 2017. It includes in particular 29 Rafale (compared to 31 as of December 31, 2017), the company stated in its half yearly Financial statement for 2018 Friday.

The Defense Export backlog stood at EUR 15,084 million, compared to EUR 13,964 million as of December 31, 2017. It includes, in particular, 10 Rafale Egypt, 36 Rafale Qatar and 36 Rafale India (compared to 10 Rafale Egypt, 24 Rafale Qatar and 36 Rafale India as of December 31, 2017).

The company stated that it received the first down payment for the 12 additional Rafale fighters for Qatar on March 27, 2018. It also delivered the ninth Naval Rafale retrofitted from the F1 to F3 standard during the first half of this year.

The company has started launching of preliminary studies for the development of the F4 standard of Rafale and has started discussions with the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces following their announcement of their intention to upgrade their Mirage 2000-9 fleet.

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