CAIRO, April 5 Egypt on Wednesday received the
third batch of Rafale warplanes from France as part of a 5.2
billion euro ($5.5 billion) contract signed in 2015.
Cairo has sought to boost its military power in the face of
years of insurgency in northern Sinai and fears the conflict in
neighbouring Libya could spill over.
The deal includes 24 Rafale jets, France's first overseas
export of the fighter jet made by Dassault Aviation SA
, a Fremm naval frigate and MBDA air-to-air missiles.
Last year, Egypt also received the first of two French
Mistral helicopter carriers and signed separate deals worth
about 2 billion euros with France during a visit by French
President Francois Hollande to Cairo.
($1 = 0.9392 euros)
(Reporting by Ali Abdelaty; Writing by Amina Ismail; Editing by