It is by far the most extravagant purchase of Emirati to strengthen its air defense capability.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced late last year its plan to procure a jaw-dropping $19 billion worth of advanced fighter jets and helicopters from France, including the revered F4 Rafale.

In the arms deal, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (MBZ) and French President Manuel Macron agreed on a $19 billion purchase of 80 F4s, the most advanced fighter jet version, and 12 H225M Caracal medium-lift helicopters—the largest-ever foreign sale of Rafales in history.