French President Francois Hollande confirmed late Thursday in Paris that Egypt will be the first export customer for the Dassault Rafale fighter, ordering 24 aircraft.

The order for the fighters, plus a DCNS Fremm multipurpose frigate and MBDA missiles, will be signed on Monday, Feb. 16 in Cairo by Defense Minister Jean-Yves le Drian.

The €5 billion ($5.7 billion) deal was initialed by French and Egyptian officials on Feb. 12, according to Le Monde, following a high-level visit last week that arranged financing for the deal through France’s Coface bank. The contract was concluded in record time, the newspaper reported, following Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s visit to Paris last fall. Egypt is apparently seeking deliveries as soon as possible.

France and India continue to wrangle publicly over terms for the sale and local manufacture of 126 Rafales for the Indian air force, but French officials remain confident of a positive outcome. Strong interest is also reported from Qatar, and Dassault remains a candidate for a United Arab Emirates order. The company is also conducting Rafale campaigns in Belgium and Canada.