The resource-rich UAE also inked an order for military transport helicopters worth over $19 billion

The United Arab Emirates signed a contract worth over $15.8 billion for 80 French-made Rafale warplanes and committed billions of dollars in other deals as President Emmanuel Macron kicked off a tour in the Arab-Gulf region on Friday.

Considered as the biggest international order ever made for the Rafale jets, it comes as Macron held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed at the start of a two-day trip.

The resource-rich UAE, one of the French defense industry's biggest customers, also inked an order for 12 Caracal military transport helicopters for a total bill of more than $19b.... Read More: i24