Qatar Makes Down Payment on Second Rafale Batch

Dassault has received Qatar’s down payment for a follow-on batch of 12 Rafale fighters, bringing into force the order it awarded in December. When fully delivered, Qatar’s fleet will comprise 36 Rafales. (Dassault photo)

SAINT-CLOUD, France --- The exercise of the option for the purchase of 12 additional Rafale fighters for Qatar comes into effect today.

This option was exercised on 7 December 2017 at Doha in the presence of the President of the French Republic, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, and his Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

It followed the contract signed on 4 May 2015 between the State of Qatar and Dassault Aviation for the acquisition of 24 Rafale aircraft.

Once these two batches have been delivered, the Qatar Emiri Air Force will operate 36 Rafale fighters.

Dassault Aviation and its partners thank the Qatari Authorities for having given them this renewed opportunity to comfort 40 years of outstanding cooperation between the French aviation industry and the Qatar Emiri Air Force.

With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter, to the high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. In 2017, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of €4.8 billion. The company has 11,400 employees.

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