A French Rafale jet fighter takes off from France’s aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle. Photo: AP
A French Rafale jet fighter takes off from France’s aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle. Photo: AP
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France eyes billion-dollar warplane deals in new strategic partnership with India, UAE

  • France has already sold Rafale fighter jets to India and the UAE but proposed a joint programme for the aircraft under its new trilateral partnership
  • The grouping comes as the countries seek to preserve their ‘strategic autonomy’ amid the US-China rivalry, and follows Australia’s snub of French submarines in favour of the Aukus deal

A French Rafale jet fighter takes off from France’s aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle. Photo: AP
A French Rafale jet fighter takes off from France’s aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle. Photo: AP
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