DIMDEX: Qatar concludes Rafale deal
Qatar has finally completed the deal for 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets at the opening day of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX).
The deal - which includes MBDA missiles as well as training for 36 pilots and more than a hundred mechanics - is worth $7.5 billion.
Qatar had already made an initial payment for the aircraft in December but at the show today French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Khalid Al-Attiah, signed the final agreement. The sale to Qatar boosts sales for prime contractor Dassault, radar and systems specialist Thales, and engine-builder Safran. MBDA will supply the missiles.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (Left) tours the show in Doha today, ahead of the official signing.