A French Defense Ministry official denied a media report that France is in the final stage of talks for a sale of up to 36 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar.
"Qatar has launched a competition," Dassault Aviation chairman said Monday. "We are made much progress. It is now up to them to decide".
Qatar is reported to be considering an order for 24 Rafales and options for a further 12.
On Monday, Dassault, DCNS and MBDA signed contracts in Cairo respectively for 24 Rafales, a multimission frigate and missiles for Egypt. defensenews