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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Dassault Aviation confirms France needs US greenlight to sell Rafales to Egypt

France needs US authorization before it can sell Egypt French Scalp cruise missiles with American parts, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier said on Thursday, Defense News reports. “This is a government-to-government contract. If there are authorizations, then it is up to the government for the component and the government for the aircraft,” he said. French and US officials declined to comment. News had surfaced last month that talks over the sale of 12 Rafale planes from France have floundered over the US refusing to export the required components saying it violates US International Air Traffic in Arms Regulations. Egyptian officials have not been pleased with the delay.

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