Since the 1960s, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) has played a pivotal role in the country’s defense; but now the situation is changing.
The Israeli Air Force‘s absolute dominance in the Middle East is due to its super-efficient training and intelligence operations conducted by Mossad and other agencies to assess the strength of its opponents. and efforts in the design and purchase of new aircraft.
One country that has consistently challenged Israel’s air dominance, but failed to do so, is Egypt. Egypt is going in the opposite direction in its arms procurement policy, buying more weapons from countries like Russia and France; and the latest is the addition of the Rafale fighter .
The United States worries about the possibility of losing influence over Egypt, as the Muslim country continues to build military power independent of the United States. The latest agreement of Egypt, is to buy 30 fighter Rafale, the French producer prices $ 5 billion.
The recent purchase of Rafale has increased the number of Rafales in the Egyptian Air Force to 54 aircraft (including 24 purchased in 2015). The Rafale is a 4++ generation aircraft that offers long-range air combat capabilities that have been limited by the US to Egypt, such as not selling long-range air-to-air missiles, advanced sensors.
Another important addition to Egypt’s air power was the purchase of 50 MiG-29Ms from Russia in 2015. Russia also supplied highest rated fighter to Egypt, which was 30 Su-35 air superiority fighters in 2018, to the chagrin of the US.