France’s La Tribune newspaper reported that two other agreements are behind the €4 billion Dassault Rafale bomber deal that France and Egypt recently agreed to. In this context, Egypt will also purchase one observation satellite and two Airbus MRTT aircraft.
The report claimed that France received guarantees from French banks — BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Société Générale and CIC — to finance Rafale jets with €5.4 billion, not €4 billion. The 1.4 billion added to the guarantee is thought to be for satellite and MRTT aircraft. Egypt last purchased four Thales Ground Master 400 (GM400) AESA air defence radars from France.
Equipped with the Airbus Refuelling Boom system, MRTT’s can be used for resupply missions as well as transport and sanitary evacuation missions. The platforms can carry 108 tons of fuel.