Starting in 2024, France will begin supplying 30 Raphael fighter jets to Egypt in a deal worth four billion euros ($ 4.8 billion). Experts say this agreement will open the door to other arms deals with France.
"As part of the same agreement, Egypt will likely receive additional military equipment, including a spy satellite and an Airbus A330 multi-mission airplane (MR)," a military researcher at the Arab Policy Analysis Forum in Cairo stated.
Egypt is one of France's most important security and economic partners. Paris's interest is to strengthen its relations with a country that shares with it the same strategic visions in Libya, in the eastern Mediterranean, and especially in countries fighting terrorist groups and extremist groups.