France delivers 3 more Rafale fighters to Egypt

In 2015, Cairo signed a multi-billion euro deal to purchase from France 24 Rafale fighters, of which six have been already delivered (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki) (AFP/File)

Cairo (AFP) - Egypt received three Rafale fighters from France on Thursday, the military said, six months after Paris delivered the first three of a consignment of 24 of the warplanes.

The delivery is part of a 5.2 billion-euro ($5.6 billion) deal Cairo signed with Paris in February 2015 to purchase 24 Rafale multi-role combat jets, a frigate and missiles.

"Egyptian armed forces have received the second batch of three Rafale fighter jets," the country's military spokesman said on his Facebook page.

The sale of Rafales to Egypt was the first such export order for French manufacturer Dassault Aviation.

In July, France also delivered a 6,000-tonne multi-mission frigate to Cairo as Egypt seeks to boost its military capability in the face of instability in Libya and a jihadist insurgency in its Sinai Peninsula.

In October, the two countries signed another contract to buy two French Mistral warships, whose sale to Russia was cancelled by Paris because of the Ukraine crisis.