ROUNDUP: Emirates buy 80 Rafale fighter planes and 12 Airbus helicopters

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PARIS / DUBAI (dpa-AFX) – The United Arab Emirates are buying 80 French Rafale fighter planes. The contract with the manufacturer Dassault Aviation was signed during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Dubai on Friday, as announced by the Elysée Palace in Paris. According to the Defense Ministry, the armaments business with a volume of 16 billion euros is the largest export order for the fighter aircraft to date.

The Emirates are also buying from Airbus twelve Caracal tactical multipurpose and transport helicopters. The order has a volume of one billion euros. In addition, investments by the Emirates in French industry in the space, transport and renewable energy sectors to the tune of around ten billion euros have been agreed. “In order to develop the technologies of tomorrow, to support our entrepreneurs with visions and to take a leap in space travel, we are entering into an important investment partnership with the United Arab Emirates with numerous actors on both sides,” said Macron.

Macron traveled to Dubai on Friday to begin a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He is accompanied by a business delegation and parts of the cabinet, including Economics Minister Bruno Le Maire and Defense Minister Florence Parly. The fight against terrorism, regional stability and the situation in Libya are just as focal points of the trip to the Gulf region as economic contacts, it said./evs/DP/eas


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