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Egypt agrees terms to purchase 2 French helicopter carriers

Al-Sisi first discussed purchasing the Mistrals with Hollande in August

Egypt will purchase two French Mistral helicopter carriers that France had initially intended to sell to Russia after agreeing terms with France after a month of official talks.

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his counterpart Francois Hollande agreed on terms of the deal, according to a statement from the French presidency.

The presidents discussed, in a phone call on Tuesday, ways of advancing the distinct relations that bind Egypt and France and their peoples, “which have recently witnessed progress in various areas,” according to an Egyptian presidency statement.

In August, Hollande and Al-Sisi discussed Egypt’s possible acquisition of the two helicopter carriers on the sidelines of an inauguration ceremony for an expansion of the Suez Canal.

The relations between the two countries saw a strong improvement since the election of Al-Sisi, as a number of significant arms deals were sealed in the past months.

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  • George

    Excellent strategic weapon system. Sending ground troops to strike ISIS in Libya runs the risk of bogging down specially for distant targets. Also no surprise effect given mobilization clues. These ships show up suddenly, announced with armor and special forces supported by mobile commandos and attack helicopters. Also air support from long range Rafale bombers carrying bomb payload equal to that of super fortress.
    Our enemies are on notice: ‘ Plot terror attacks against us and you are next on the list. Silent death ,desolation and destruction will rain on you. Cheers ! ‘
    Thaya Masr

  • Al Masry

    Good planning to buy those two chopper carriers. It will secure world traffic along Suez canal and Red Sea.

  • Al Masry

    Pirates from Horn of Africa will be within few minutes reach as well as Irans smugglers miniature subs.

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