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Defense News: Kuwait Issues $1B Order of Airbus Military Transport Helicopters

Airbus CaracalKuwait has signed a $1.1 billion deal with Airbus Group to acquire 30 Airbus-built H225M Caracal military transport helicopters, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Pierre Tran writes Kuwait’s defense minister Khaled Al Jarrah Al Sabah signed the contract in the presence of his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian as part of an existing defense agreement between the two countries.

“This contract… reflects a strategic relationship between Kuwait and France built on more than 30 years of French commitment to the Emirate, notably in the conflict following the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, ” the French defense ministry said, according to the report.

Airbus said the deal also covers service and support for the Caracal helicopters which will aid Kuwait’s air force and national guard in naval operations as well as combat search and rescue missions, Tran reported.

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