PARIS – France has garnered its third export order for the Rafale combat jet in as many months with a commitment from Qatar to purchase 24 of the Dassault Aviation aircraft and an option to order 12 more. The new contract, to be signed May 4 in Doha in the presence of French President Francois Hollande, eases pressure on France's €31.4 billion ($35 billion) annual defense budget, helping boost spending by €3.8 billion through 2019. Negotiations leading to the €6.3 ...
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