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Dassault Aviation to sell 42 Rafale warplanes to Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesia signed a deal with France Thursday to buy six Dassault Aviation Rafale warplanes as part of an anticipated total order of 42, Jakarta's defence minister said.

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The agreement was announced as Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto met his French counterpart Florence Parly in Jakarta.

"We agreed on the purchase of 42 Rafale. The contract signed today is for the first six, which will be followed by 36 others," said Subianto.

In Jakarta, Parly told reporters that Indonesia had chosen a warplane known for its "technical excellence", which had demonstrated its "operational capabilities on numerous occasions".

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