Qatar to receive 24 French Rafale fighter aircraft

December 17, 2015 8:23 PM

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- France-based contractor Dassault Aviation received its down payment from the government of Qatar for the delivery of 24 Rafale multi-role fighter aircraft.

The contract for the jets was signed in May 2015 by French President Francois Hollande and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Qatari officials say the contract represents a closer defense relationship between the two countries.

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