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Egypt Orders Fighter Jets from France

Egypt has ordered 14 Mirage-5 fighter planes which can be used as interceptors and reconnaissance planes. The contract for the 14 planes, estimated at some $15 million, became known here today in the midst of President Anwar Sadat’s current peace campaign.

The Mirage-5 is manufactured by the Dassault Company and is a simplified and cheaper version of the Mirage-3. It can be used for ground attack and carries a larger fuel capacity than the Mirage-3. Egypt last year ordered 14 other such planes and is currently negotiating for an unspecified number of Mirage F-1 fighter-bombers.