Dassault Aviation has finally received a long-awaited down payment from Qatar for an order for 24 Rafale fighter aircraft, backing up a contract signed in May, a defense executive said today.

“It was paid today,” said the executive when asked about the delayed deposit. France now can book the deal in this year’s export orders. The executive declined to be identified as permission had not be granted to speak on the subject.

Dassault did not respond to a request for confirmation.

Dassault Chairman Eric Trappier said in October that the payment was in the process of being made.

The French fighter deal with Qatar includes MBDA missiles, training for 36 pilots and some 100 mechanics, worth a total €6.3 billion ($6.9 billion). […]